John Mackenzie 1935-2014
John Mackenzie, bed industry stalwart of almost 30 years has died after some months of failing health.
Mackenzie was born in Greenock in 1935 and in his early career served as a police officer in the town. He joined Rest Assured as marketing director and from 1976-1986 was Sealy UK md establishing the US brand in the UK market.
After a brief period as Slumberland md, he moved to Sleepeezee in 1987, when it was part of Christie-Tyler and also served on the main C-T board. He became chairman of French-owned Continental Sleep Holdings in 1995, which purchased Sleepeezee, Cumfilux and Nestledown (now known as the Simmons Group).
Mackenzie was passionate about the bed industry and served on the National Bed Federation council for many years and as its president in 1988-1989, where he steered through its name change, from the National Bedding Federation.
He was a keen shot and took part in many Big Shots clay pigeon shooting events, raising money for the FTBA, the industry charity, now The Furniture Makers Company. He retired in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Jacki, brother Duncan, four daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.