In a recent development, our member Patton NZ has seen a big expansion, after the Scandinavian refrigeration giant Beijer Ref’s acquisition of the ninety-year-old New Zealand company. Sameer Handa has been appointed Managing Director, Beijer Ref Australasia.
Beijer Ref is one of the largest refrigeration and air-conditioning wholesaling companies in the world, which is listed on the Stockholm exchange.
It has a presence in 32 countries and is the largest wholesaler in Europe, looking at increasing its presence in Asia. Mr Handa was Group CEO with Patton for the past 17 years. Under his leadership, the Patton Group expanded its presence in Australia, the Middle East and entered into new growth markets like South East Asia via Thailand and India.
Mr Handa is an experienced business leader with extensive experience in management and leadership roles in various countries through several industries. He has a good knowledge and understanding of International trade through his work experience in the Middle East, Fiji, India, Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BE Mech.) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA from Sydney University).
Patton Ltd cleans up at Indian Business Awards 2015
In a recent event, Patton Ltd won the Best Large Business Award and Supreme Business of the YearAward at the Eighth Annual BNZ-Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INIBA) held on 23rd November, 2015 at the Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
Established in 1923 in Christchurch, Patton was acquired this year by Beijer Ref. It is a credit to highly experienced CEO and Director Sameer Handa and his management team that the sometimes-difficult change management process has been navigated soundly and that the enlarged group in New Zealand is in good shape to take advantage of new opportunities.
The judges were very impressed with the way Patton has more than doubled its business in India in the last five year. India is the world’s largest producer of milk and also the biggest producer of fruit and vegetables. Patton sees this as a huge opportunity to grow in this market as the demand for refrigeration accelerates.
Additionally, Patton’s HR Manager Umesh Thakur takes home with the Best Young Entrepreneur of the year Award! Umesh is responsible for Human Resource strategy and practice for Patton. The judges were impressed that the HR function has been aligned to business goals, and has led to positive changes in staff culture and engagement.
We congratulate Patton Ltd and Umesh Thakur for the achievement.