Chris Houfe has been appointed joint managing director of Emotional Rescue, working alongside Martin Nevin. Chris will take up his new position over the summer, following a notice period with The Great British Card Company (GBCC), where he is currently sales director.
Chris will play an integral part in the company, enhancing Emotional Rescue’s strong customer relationships, and working closely with the product managers in continuing to deliver market-leading humour brands.
Martin Nevin, current managing director and owner of Emotional Rescue said: “Chris and I have known one another for a number of years and both have great respect for each other’s knowledge and understanding of the industry. Following ER’s strong trading patterns over recent years it became clear to me that we needed more senior management to assist in maximising the opportunities that are becoming available to the business on a regular basis.”
Chris Houfe has been the sales director at GBCC since 2007, and has been in the greeting card industry for nearly 20 years, having worked previously at UK Greetings and CCA. Prior to this, Chris had worked in the printing and paper industry holding various roles in sales and marketing. Chris has also served as President to the GCA from 2013-2015.
Commenting on the new role, Chris says: “I feel very proud and privileged to become part of Emotional Rescue, as it’s a business I’ve admired for many years. I’m also looking forward to working alongside Martin in helping to achieve our joint goals over the next period of time.”
Chris Wilcox, GBCC’s managing director, remarked that while sad to see Chris Houfe depart, he fully understood his reasons. “Chris will make a terrific managing director, and career-wise this is a promotion that is fully deserved. We will part company on the best of terms as down the years Chris has been a good mate as well as a much valued colleague.”