MKM Building Supplies’ executive chairman David Kilburn has paid a personal tribute to managing director Bill Acton, who is stepping down from the company after 12 years.
Acton announced that he is to leave the company after the untimely death of his wife, Lynne. This caused him to re-evaluate his priorities.
He is leaving to pursue other interests including cycling, golf and renovating a house. He is fully supported by his MKM colleagues in his decision.
He is well known across the industry and will be sadly missed by all those who have had the opportunity of working with him during his career.
Kilburn said that Acton had made a ‘huge contribution’ to the success of MKM and it was with great sadness that he had received his news.
“Bill’s announcement has forced me to look back on the last 12 years of life at MKM and what became apparent was just how much he and Lynne feature in those memories. We have had some tremendous highs and a few lows too, but in the main we have loved every minute; we have travelled the world together and built a great business. Mostly importantly however, we have all had loads of fun in the process.”
Kilburn added that he wanted to thank Acton for his personal support and friendship, which had helped him through some of the more difficult days at MKM.
“Much of what we have achieved would not have been possible without Bill and I will be immensely sad to see him go,” he said. “It marks the end of a great era for MKM and the start of a new adventure for Bill, and I wish him every success in whatever he decides to do and wherever life takes him.”