John Turner - Commercial Director

 

On leaving school John joined a Wimbledon Village estate agent as an office junior before quickly progressing into a sales negotiator role with another small independent a year later. He arrived at a time when the market was buoyant and got to see how the rich and famous of Wimbledon lived and had a great time by all accounts. He joined the inside sales team at Hedsorboard (at that time an independent company) in the late eighties and he once again, started as an office junior looking after samples, making tea and filing-a great grounding and an excellent way to get to know the products he says.  After a couple of years he moved to the external sales side, initially looking after London and the South East, then moving over to cover the South West and Wales, all without the aid of a mobile phone or sat nav he proudly boasts. By 1995 he had been promoted to Sales Manager looking after the external sales team.

Some years later John made the move to James McNaughton Paper to take on the challenge of setting-up their boards division from scratch. This involved the selection of products for their portfolio, the development of the ‘boards division’ brand and the integration of these products into the main paper business. Having achieved his goals here, John went to pastures new with M6 Papers with the remit of starting a board division within Buhrmann which included Robert Horne, Howard Smith and PaperCo. This role involved not only supplying carton makers and commercial printers via their reel to sheet facility, but also the development of a board offering to the whole group.  In 2005 he moved into what is now PaperlinX, eventually heading up their carton board sales as Divisional Director for the UK and Ireland.  

Born and bred in Wimbledon John now lives in Caterham, Surrey with his partner. They have three boys between them. He is a keen golfer playing off an impressive ten handicap but commenting that his ‘Dad’s taxi’ duties at the weekend and watching the boys play sport results in very little time for golf. He likes to take long walks through the countryside, especially if there is a pub at the end of the walk. He also supports AFC Wimbledon having supported them from their Plough Lane ground days and he tells us he was one of the original season ticket holders.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Turner - Commercial Director

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