30 September 2021
Hubbard Products commercial director Dougie Stoddart will retire tomorrow (October 1) following 34 years of continuous service.
Ilias Katsoulis, managing director of Hubbard Products, said: “Dougie’s contributions have been significant and meaningful. We have relied on Dougie’s leadership and insights in shaping and building our management team. Dougie has been a popular mentor and his pragmatic approach has been a consistent factor through his decades with the company.”
Dougie joined Hubbard Taylor Group in June 1987 as regional sales manager. In 1996 he was appointed brewery manager for sales of cellar cooling systems and then made commercial manager responsible for all Hubbard Products Commercial business in 2001. He was appointed commercial director in April 2008.
Reflecting on his career, Dougie remembered all of his colleagues, in particular the late Ray Netherclift, who was his mentor. He also commented that he enjoyed his many years as manager for brewery products, involving visiting numerous breweries and the need to sample and understand their products.
When asked what his plans for retirement are, he replied: “Simply to enjoy it”.
Scott Kavanagh will now take the role of head of commercial business, having joined Hubbard Products from the Carter Thermal Industries Group.