In 2013, longstanding Braiform Executives Graeme Rutherford and Ben Hunt acquired Braiform via an MBO. In early 2014 a Board of Directors was formally introduced as the next step in Braiform's aggressive growth and expansion plans.

Graeme Rutherford – Co-CEO

Graeme, who is based in London, has held various senior sales positions during his fifteen years at Braiform. Prior to the MBO in 2013 Graeme managed an extensive client base spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia and was also responsible for all Braiform design and product development.

Graeme is an accomplished executive and equipped with a commanding track record of combining innovative commercial and sales management techniques to successfully grow and transform a business.

Prior to Braiform Graeme worked in the print industry as a reprographer and trained as a toolmaker within the injection moulding industry.

Graeme also owns 100% of Braiform along with Ben Hunt.

Ben Hunt – Co-CEO

Ben Hunt joined Braiform in 2000 after working for Barclays Bank and British Midland Airways. During his time at Braiform Ben has held several senior executive positions covering general management, sales and marketing, operations, licensee development and human resources.

At Braiform, Ben has lived and worked in the UK, Sri Lanka, China and Hong Kong with a strong and demonstrable track record of success prior to the 2013 MBO covering business development, restructures, new market entries and profit improvement programmes.

Ben is currently based in Hong Kong and owns 100% of Braiform along with Graeme Rutherford. Ben holds an MBA from the University of Sunderland.

Peter White – Non-executive Director

Peter White started his career in 1968 and worked in the commercial forestry sector for 12 years.

In 1980 Peter joined the retail services industry in a sales role, subsequently being invited in 1985 to join Braiform (previously Braitrim) in a senior sales position. Peter was swiftly promoted through the sales, marketing and key account functions and in 1988 achieved Group Main Board status. Under his custodianship, sales and earnings grew significantly, entirely through organic growth.

Peter retired in 2007 and after a period of consultancy, focusing on company culture and investment in people, he has concentrated on charity work.

Due to Peter’s extensive knowledge and experience within the retail industry Peter was invited in 2013 to join Braiform as a Non-executive Director.

Martin Green – Non-executive Director

Martin Green is from the financial sector and after a number of years at Ernst & Young, Martin spent more than 10 years with Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), the private investment company of the Packer family from Australia.

Martin was involved in many of the largest and most successful transactions undertaken by CPH including the acquisition of Crown Casino. Other industries covered by investments included Australia's second largest meat processor and exporter, land ownership, international aid, women's fashion retail, global skin care brand (Jurlique), financial services, Red Rooster Fast Food and various telecommunications, software and internet companies.

Across these investments, Martin was involved in sourcing and analysing deals, strategy, acquisition and sale of businesses and ongoing directorships and management.

Since leaving CPH in 2009, Martin has been based in Hong Kong and has used his extensive network, to build a portfolio of private interests in a wide range of industries as well as sitting on a number of Boards.

Martin holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London. Martin joined Braiform as a Non-executive Director in 2013.

KIM DENNING - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kim Denning joins Braiform with over 30 years’ experience in the retail industry, the majority of which based in Hong Kong as Managing Director for Arcadia, responsible for sourcing and manufacturing. 

During this time, Kim grew the Arcadia operations in Asia and transitioned the loss-making business into a profit-making full service operation providing design, manufacturing and quality control services to all Arcadia brands as well as numerous independent retailers.

Before relocating to Hong Kong, Kim worked for French Connection in South Africa for many years. Kim brings to Braiform an extensive network of contacts from the retail industry, chiefly in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Asia, adding another layer of expertise and input to the Braiform Board of Directors.

JANE ROBSON - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jane’s background is in the fashion, retail and manufacturing sectors, having spent more than twenty years living in Europe and the Far East gaining extensive knowledge within the garment supply chain including design, manufacturing and sales.

 

A significant part of Jane’s career was spent building a global supply base for NEXT Retail, pioneering new sourcing regions, building manufacturing facilities and setting up/developing local offices with a strong focus on training and mentoring teams around the globe.

 

Jane has an intimate understanding of the retail industry and its supply chain, her input to the Braiform Board and the wider business is highly valued.

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