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Michael Howard named Director of the Year

7 December 2011

Michael Howard named Director of the Year

Michael Howard, Managing Director of The SHS Group, has been named Large Company Director of the Year award by the Institute of Directors.

The winners of the Northern Ireland Director of the year Awards were announced by Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service during a Gala Dinner, sponsored by Abbey Bond Lovis, at The Merchant Hotel.

Now in its second year, the awards are designed to reward excellence, showcase leadership and set standards for directors in the UK.

Michael was appointed Managing Director of The SHS Group in 1999 and has led the company to a record profit in 2011.

During his tenure, the brand owning and sales and marketing firm has evolved into a multinational operation and recorded a turnover of more than £370 million in the last year. It also added Bottlegreen Drinks Limited, a manufacturer of premium adult soft drinks, to its list of wholly-owned companies.

Speaking at the event Mr Howard said:
“Gaining recognition from your peers and colleagues always means a lot, professionally and personally. This is an achievement that I share with my colleagues and staff and ranks highly among all the awards that we, as a group, have been privileged to secure.

“It is no secret that Northern Ireland talent has long powered some of the globe’s biggest organisations. The standards shown at the Institute of Directors Awards underlines that we are now retaining many of our best performers for our gain in this region.”

The Group owns well-known brands including WKD and Shloer and through its Sales and Marketing division distributes a number of leading brands such as Jordans, Finish, Nivea, Lemsip, Nurofen, Desperados beer and Tunnock’s.

Linda Brown, Managing Director of the Institute of Director Northern Ireland said:
“Michael Howard is an outstanding winner in the Large Company Director of the year category. His leadership has helped a traditional family run sales and marketing company evolve into a multinational operation with 12 operating companies, a turnover of £370m and more than 700 staff.

“What NI needs is many more leaders like Michael with the vision and determination to grow SMEs into competitive innovative and outward looking organisations.”

The Director of the Year Award are designed to raise awareness among IoD Members, the wider business community and public of the significant contribution business leaders can make to society and to economic prosperity.

Winners from Northern Ireland will also be nominated to the National Awards, which will be presented in autumn 2012.

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