Bandai UK has promoted general manager, Nic Aldridge to the role of managing director, as Clive Smith steps into a new consulting role with the firm.
Aldridge took up his position on April 1, just 12 months after joining the company in 2017. He will be supported by Smith in a consultancy role until September 2018.
Smith joined the company in 2010 as commercial director, moving through the ranks to general manager and finally taking the senior position of managing director. During his eight years he has successfully managed the major relocation of the UK office from Southampton to Richmond at the end of 2016.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Bandai UK and I am sad to be leaving such a great team, but I feel that I will be leaving it in good hands. It is a pleasure to have worked with Nic in the past 12 months and I am impressed with the progress made in his first year.
“It is with Nic’s help and experience that we have made great headway into reinvigorating our business with the development of our own IP, as well as the introduction of key third party properties into our portfolio.
“It’s a very exciting time for the company with many positive changes being implemented and I am delighted that I have the opportunity to still be involved in a small way.”
Aldridge added: “The past 12 months have moved very quickly. It has been great to have worked with Clive and I am looking forward to receiving more of his sage advice in the coming months in my new role.
“I could not have wished for a more supportive mentor during my first year at Bandai. Now I am looking forward to working closely with the team and building on the strong success that we had at the end of 2017 which is carrying into 2018.
“I echo Clive’s sentiments that there are exciting times ahead for this year and beyond.”