W. Howard Appoints New MD

Paul McKenna, Managing Director, The W. Howard Group.

Leading medium-density fibreboard (MDF) profiles manufacturer, The W. Howard Group, has announced Paul McKenna as the new managing director at its Kildare HQ. The appointment comes just eight months after the business acquired the Irish operation, formerly known as Balcas Kildare.

Paul, a Kildare native, re-joins the business having spent over 17 years working with Balcas, originally starting as a graduate and working his way up to operations manager. He has spent the past 18 months pursuing other opportunities and now returns to the Kildare site with a vast and unique knowledge of the plant, processes and its people.

Speaking about his appointment, Paul said: “I am so pleased to be back working in the sector and for the opportunity to apply my experience, knowledge of the team, the product and the site’s processes, to this thriving business.” “This is a really exciting time for the W. Howard Group and its KOTA product. I believe that the business is well-placed to overcome any market challenges associated with the volatility around Brexit.”

W. Howard Group managing director, Graham Williams, who looks after the Group’s operations in the UK, said: “Because of Paul’s 17 years experience working with Balcas, we could not have a candidate more suited to this important role.”