Lighting control expert Pharos Architectural Controls has further strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Simon Hicks to Director of Product & Marketing (Left), and the promotion of Tim Edwards to Director of Operations (Right).
As Director of Product & Marketing, Simon Hicks will have responsibility for the Pharos product development strategy, while leading the product management team.
Simon has worked for Pharos both directly and indirectly – with Pharos’ partner brands – since 2006. Having originally been employed in software development for Carallon, he moved to Pharos as the Technical Director in 2012 – a position he held for a number of years. Most recently, he led the team developing Pharos Cloud under the SixEye brand, before once again becoming part of the senior Pharos team.
Simon comments: “This is a very exciting time to be taking on this new role as Pharos prepares to bring some innovative products to market. These have been our main development focus for some time and I will be working to ensure they deliver on their potential.
“It’s a privilege to be working on this with the excellent Pharos product management team. Pharos and the other companies in the Carallon group are full of talented and highly committed people, many of whom have worked for the group for several years – it’s a great place to work!”
Simon will also play a key role in the future strategy for the Pharos Designer software, which has been on the market and under continuous development for 16 years. He adds: “We are looking at how we can build on its success and what new challenges our customers are trying to solve – challenges which create exciting new opportunities for us to develop solutions for.”
Tim Edwards, a well-recognised name at Pharos, is stepping up to become the new Director of Operations. In this role, Tim will focus on a number of areas including customer service, after-sales support, order fulfilment and procurement processes.
This dedicated focus on operational support is a natural progression for Tim. Having joined the company 14 years ago as the 14th member of staff, he has worked at Pharos during the business’ initial expansion and growth. He began his Pharos career in technical support, progressing to UK Sales Manager, before being appointed as Global Support Manager.
Speaking of his latest responsibilities, Tim said: “As the company grows, I’m delighted to continue my Pharos journey in this newly created role. It is an exciting development both professionally and personally and I look forward to helping the business continue to thrive.
“One of my first priorities will be looking at ways to improve lead time and stock management, which is an important part of ensuring we are offering the best levels of service that we can to our clients.”
As both Simon and Tim transition into their roles, the company will be moving into an exciting new phase of growth.