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Young takes over at Axminster

Jonathan Young, Axminster Carpets sales director has become acting md.

He succeeds Dave Knight, who joined in May 2016. Knight specialises in company turnarounds, as md of Integrity Management, and described his time as ‘Led the transformation of one of Britain's best known companies - a true national treasure - to deliver the best results in 10 years.’

Prior to joining in Axminster in September 2016, Young ran his contract furnishings consulting company Jonathan Young Associates for two years. From October 2015 to June 2016 he was sales director at furniture manufacturer Morgan. From May 2011 he was BCFA chairman. He spent five years at Brintons from 2004 to 2009, as commercial sales and marketing director and then ceo of Brintons US.

‘I am really pleased that Jonathan will lead Axminster Carpets in this next phase of rejuvenation. I have every confidence in his ability to lead the people who make the company so special. I am excited about the many possibilities that lie ahead for the company, while we continue to deliver on our vision to manufacture the most beautiful, natural and sustainable carpets possible,’ said Jo Dawson, Axminster Carpets chairman.

‘What most compelled me to Axminster Carpets is the wonderful heritage brand and our commitment to manufacture the world’s finest carpets in this country. These are exciting times in the company’s development and I look forward to leading its continued success and developing our fantastic people,’ said Young.