Fans and ventilating equipment specialist Elta Fans has appointed Damian Buxton as the new Managing Director of its Fareham manufacturing facility. Damian will have full responsibility for the Applied Technology and Export Divisions which operate from the Hampshire site.

He will also continue reporting to the Elta Group board on activities at the company's Building Services Division in Kingswinford, West Midlands. Damian's promotion is in keeping with the Group's values based on the belief in its personnel to grow. Indeed, the Group aims to promote from within wherever possible, except when an outside infusion is needed or obviously preferable.

Damian is a graduate of Middlesex University where he gained a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance in 1990, joining Elta Fans seven years later in 1997 in the role of Financial Controller. Progressing through the company, he qualified as an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) in 2003. In 2008, in recognition of his unstinting commitment to the company, he was promoted to Finance Director.

Former Managing Director, Mr. David Osgerby, left the company in order to pursue other business interests. Following his departure, Damian was asked by the Elta Group board of directors, to coordinate activities temporarily across both the Fareham and Kingswinford facilities. During this three month period, the board has carefully evaluated a number of key considerations that will have an influence on how the structure of the company is shaped in the future.

Damian is based at the company's head office in Fareham, but will continue to liaise and work closely with management teams from both sites. He will involve himself in all aspects affecting the business strategy and performance of the two sites.

Following his appointment as MD, Damian will continue to build upon his responsibilities, providing the Elta Group with focus and commitment in the interests of its longer term objectives. He will actively contribute in developing stronger communication between the Fareham and Kingswinford sites, having responsibility for the coordination of management meetings across both divisions. He will be fully engaged in strategic and operational developments, reporting regularly to the board on the ongoing business strategy and performance of Elta Fans.

In view of the additional responsibilities that Damian will be assuming and the change to his role within the company, he will be assisted by colleague, Joanne Morgan who, in turn, is being promoted to Financial Controller. She will continue reporting to Damian on all financial matters across both sites.

Elta Fans is part of the £90 million Elta Group, a family of businesses with operations in six countries on four continents which, together with a network of international distributors, provides quality fans and related air movement equipment to customers worldwide.