David Byk, ceo of Swan Mill Group, which includes Ling Design has stepped back into running the day to day side of the growing card and giftwrap publishing group.
Alessandro Arosio, who joined the company less than a year ago as managing director of Ling Design has left the business. Alessandro took over the post officially from Ian Bant when he retired last June.
“It is very exciting times for Ling Design and indeed the whole group, not just because of the recent acquisition of Saffron Cards & Gifts but also as the creative hub in Bath is now powering the design direction across the entire group, including a wealth of own brand products we produce on the Swantex side of the business,” explains David. “The company is growing and at this time when we are firming up on our brand strategy across the group it makes total sense for me to be more involved in the day to day running of the Ling. We are of course very grateful to Alessandro for everything he has done,” added David.
In addition to Viv Barlow joining Ling to continue to head up Saffron at national account level, over in the Penny Kennedy side of the business, Clare Wilcock has joined as business manager. Clare brings a wealth of experience from the luxury retail market, most recently running the textile and interior brand, Elizabeth Bradley for the last 11 years. She has worked in design and illustration throughout her career, initially gaining a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design and later embarking on postgraduate study in Graphic Arts.