New sales boss for company that helped build The Shard

Kevin Keane

Dorset-based SMD has appointed Kevin Keane as its new national sales manager.

The company has worked on some of the country’s most iconic buildings including The Shard and The Olympic Village in London and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.

Headquartered in Poole and employing more than 100 people, SMD is one of only a handful of British companies that manufactures its own steel decking, which it also installs.

Kevin, who has 23 years’ experience in the industry and has worked across Europe, said SMD’s excellent reputation was one of the reasons he joined.

He will be based near Manchester, well-placed to oversee the whole of Britain.

He said: “SMD is a strong, well-structured, long-standing and stable company with a great reputation that is well deserved.

“It is very forward thinking and leads the way in many areas across the sector.

“For example, it has a produced an excellent software package for engineers and a superb technical guidance (TGN) document – both freely available on its website.

“Health and Safety plays an important role to the extent that SMD has its own range of fall arrest systems and all products and services are dealt with by our own training manager.

“It really does things the proper way and is a caring company that I’m delighted to be working for.

“We design, manufacture and install metal decking systems and associated concrete works and I will be talking to main contractors, steelwork contractors, architects and developers.”

Ben Pratten, managing director of SMD, said: “It’s a pleasure to bring Kevin to the company.

“He brings vast experience, knowledge and energy and will be an important part of our future growth.”