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Frank Straetmans appointed MD Frontline

Frontline, the magazine distribution company has appointed Frank Straetmans as Managing Director, with effect from 1 December 2009.

Frank Straetmans (pictured) is a senior industry professional with more than 15 years experience in supply chain operations and business development. 

Kevin Costello, Chairman of Frontline, said: “I and all my Board colleagues are delighted Frank has joined Frontline as MD. He is a highly skilled individual with a wealth of supply chain management experience across several industries. Frank is commercially focussed with impressive customer relationship skills and is passionate about our business.  I am sure he will be a highly effective, hands-on leader and will take Frontline to the next phase of its development.”

Frank Straetmans, MD Frontline, commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Frontline team and relish the prospect of contributing to the future success of the UK’s biggest magazine distributor. While the current business environment is challenging, I am confident we are implementing the right processes to capitalise on a strong track record of providing innovative and effective magazine distribution solutions. 

“I look forward to maintaining Frontline’s momentum, working closely with the publishers, the wholesale and retail community and of course my new colleagues to give every copy of each magazine the best opportunity of being sold. Hopefully I can add a new dimension and value to the excellent reputation and relationships the company already enjoys.”

About Frontline

Frontline says: “Frontline was formed in June 1986 by magazine publisher Emap (now Bauer Media).  Haymarket Publishing (now Haymarket Media Group) joined in 1988 followed two years later by BBC Enterprises (later renamed BBC Worldwide).  H Bauer Publishing became Frontline’s fourth partner in January 2005. Based in central Peterborough, Frontline employs over 120 people. Frontline sells and distributes over 160 Partners’ magazine titles, including 54 of the top 200 best selling titles in the UK (Source: ABC). Catherine Bland, CFO Frontline who has been Acting MD at Frontline, will return full time to her previous role as CFO.”