UK lifting and rigging equipment supplier Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) has appointed Sean Maslen as regional sales manager for the south west.
Maslen will focus on promoting RSS’ range of equipment and services in the region, and gather market intelligence with the company poised to open a seventh depot in the near future. He joins RSS from telehandler rental company GT Lifting, where he was key account manager. Prior to that he worked in business development at Speedy Services for five years.
In 2006 Maslen originally joined Speedy as regional account manager for lifting, moving to Lloyds British Testing four years later as national sales manager. In 2013 he returned to Speedy in a business development position.
Maslen said: “The opportunity presented itself quickly upon conclusion of another regional sales position that ran its course. I have gained knowledge from working on some of the UK’s landmark sites, from Heathrow’s Terminal Five to major shutdowns at oil refineries. I’ve got a significant, current contacts book and have been given an opportunity to apply it to one of the most dynamic and meaningful growth programmes in the lifting industry.”
“I applaud the stance Steve and the company have taken in opposition to the tool hire mentality that is endemic in certain corners of our industry. There are alternative providers that have diversified into plant rental, for instance, but it is my belief that end users should only source rigging gear and related services from those specialised in the sector and, moreover, serve as bastions for the competence-based expertise that supports it.”
Managing director Steve Hutin added: “I’ve spoken extensively about our plans to open additional sites, which I think is key to delivering a tailored, doorstep service to the UK’s varied, regional markets. However, we have to make sure we time such expansion correctly, we’re well practiced in these processes. In the immediate term, we’re focussed on giving Sean the support he needs to plant seeds in a potentially lucrative geography. Expansion of any kind relies upon acquisition and retention of the right personnel and our offering is strengthened considerably by Sean’s arrival.”