Nic Aldridge appointed new MD of Bandai UK
Current Managing Director Clive Smith hands over the reins and steps into consultancy role
Bandai UK has named General Manager Nic Aldridge its new Managing Director, who took up his new role from 1 April 2018.
The promotion comes as current Managing Director Clive Smith steps into a consulting role after being with the company for eight years.
Clive 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 successfully managed the major relocation of the UK office from Southampton to Richmond at the end of 2016. His leadership ensured the company retained the majority of team members despite the move, while also driving Power Rangers to the number one action figure property and winning Boys Property of the Year at Toy Fair in the same year!
The promotion of Nic to Clive’s outgoing post comes just 12 months after he joined the company last year. He will be supported by Clive in a consultancy role until September 2018.
Clive Smith said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Bandai UK and I’m sad to be leaving such a great team, but I feel that I will be leaving it in good hands. It’s 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 be still involved in a small way.”
Nic added: “The past 12 months have moved very quickly. It has been great to have worked with Clive and I am look 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!”