Close Brothers Commercial Finance has appointed Emma Blair as new regional sales director for Northern Ireland.
Blair has 20 years’ experience in the finance sector and most recently held the position of broker relationship manager at Close Brothers Commercial Finance.
Her new role will see her support a team of sales managers and directors and be responsible for the provision of asset finance including refinance and leasing across the region.
Blair said: “I am delighted to be appointed as regional sales director. Our sales directors are already skilled and experienced, so I am confident that we will deliver results for SMEs in Northern Ireland. Close Brothers are specialists in the asset finance industry and our model allows us to excel – it’s not just the assets with four wheels and an engine that we will finance. We look at bespoke assets and we don’t shy away from unusual deals.
“I enjoy finding solutions and structuring deals to suit the needs of our customers and look forward to working with my team to support the SMEs in the area,” she added.
Adrian Madden, head of sales in Ireland said of Blair’s appointment: “At Close Brothers, we have a people-based approach that enables us to deliver funding solutions and excellent service for our clients. Since joining the business in 2012, Emma has established strong relationships with both introducers and clients. Her extensive knowledge and commitment to helping businesses across Ireland thrive have enabled her to accomplish superb results.
“There is no doubt Emma will continue to succeed in her new role. We are delighted to support her progression with us,” he added.
In September Close Brothers business finance named David Forbes as national sales director. He was an internal appointment and spent four years in a similar role in the asset finance part of the business.
He began his career as part of the Yorkshire Bank graduate programme before moving to FMCG sales and a career at Mars UK. Prior to that he worked at Lombard for 16 years in leadership roles across a variety of asset finance divisions.