Independent builders' merchant Thompsons Building Centres and its sister plumbers merchant TAPs has appointed Tom McElkerney as group managing director.
McElkerney was formerly managing director of Plumbase, the Grafton Group's UK plumbers merchant arm.
He has also held roles as national sales director and head of operations for Build Center and regional sales director for Plumb Center.
Thompson Building Centres' chief executive Anne Ganley, said "We feel very fortunate to have been able to get someone of Tom's calibre to join us.
"His wealth of experience in both the builders merchants' and plumbing sectors will be of enormous benefit to the business and his inspirational leadership will be an asset not only to the teams in the branches but to everyone at senior management level, including myself."