Golden Bear reshuffles team in preparation for further growth

Published on: 12th July 2021

The award-winning company has announced a raft of staff changes, creating new roles and promoting key staff as it eyes strong UK and international expansion. 

Becky Matthews

As Golden Bear prepares to bid a fond farewell to sales director Julie Taylor, who is moving to a new position elsewhere, Becky Matthews is preparing to take up the newly created role of UK sales & marketing director. Becky is currently senior national account manager in the business and combines her responsibilities in this role with heading up the internal digital marketing team. Becky also leads the team that successfully delivered Golden Bear’s Virtual Toy Fair platform. She will formally step into her new role from 1st October, after working side-by-side with Julie to hand over before her departure at the end of September. Becky will be ably supported by longstanding senior national account manager Michelle Fox, to service the main national accounts.

In another change on the sales side, Claire Vernon and her international sales team will report directly into managing director Barry Hughes, reflecting the continued growth of international sales within the business.

Becs Henchey, meanwhile, is being promoted to product and innovation director, after joining the company last year as senior creative development manager. Golden Bear is also currently recruiting for a senior brand manager, marketing manager, and an EMEA account manager, amongst other roles.

Becs Henchey

Barry Hughes commented: “Julie has been a very valued member of the Golden Bear team for more than 20 years. I thank her for her unrelenting hard work and we all wish her the very best in her new role. I’m delighted to see Becky step up to her new position as UK sales & marketing director, after an incredibly impressive career with us so far. And it’s also exciting to see Becs develop even further within our company, after a year that’s seen her impress the team with her creative product development and commercial acumen. The business is continuing to build on last year’s growth and I’m keen to ensure we have the very best talent at every level. We’re evolving the team with new positions which are currently being advertised, and I look forward to welcoming yet more expertise into Golden Bear, to help drive our success both in the UK and internationally even further.”

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