Andrew Maylor has been promoted to managing director of embroidery supplies specialist Madeira UK, taking over from Karen Burrows who has taken on new roles within the Madeira group.

Andrew, who joined the company in 2017 as head of sales, took on his new role at the start of May. Karen, who has been managing director since 2001, has now become chairman of Madeira UK.

She has also been appointed senior adviser to the board at Madeira Germany, continuing her focus on the strategic development of the global business. She will remain as sales director for northern Europe and as a non-executive board member at clothing industry trade body, the PCIAW.

Karen originally joined the Madeira group in 1985 in purchasing and stock control, gradually moving into sales, marketing and business development.

She said: “On behalf of all the staff at Madeira UK, I would like to welcome Andrew to the role of managing director. Andrew has gained a great reputation and made a good impression in the industry.

“Already responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, he is well equipped to take charge. I’m looking forward to making further contributions to the global Madeira business.”

Andrew added: “I have benefited from working alongside Karen for the past six years, trying to absorb as much of her vast industry knowledge as possible. Having just moved into larger, purpose-built premises, the structure of the business couldn’t be better, and I am excited to build on the amazing success the team has achieved.”