Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new vice president.

Anand Puthran, CEO of McMenon Engineering Services, will act as the Chamber’s first Vice President.

Chamber president, Alan Wilson of Pirelli said: “I am delighted at the appointment of Anand as Vice President.

“His extensive experience of creating, growing and managing businesses is an invaluable resource for the Board and for our members.

“Anand is also very active in the Cumbrian business community and I’m sure will be an excellent ambassador for Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.”

Commenting on his appointment, Anand said: “Having moved to Cumbria 5 years ago after acquiring a manufacturing business and seeing it not just survive but thrive through some of the most challenging times, I am eager to take on a role that encourages businesses in Cumbria to do the same. It’s simply a unique opportunity that is too good to miss.”

Managing director, Suzanne Caldwell, added: “As a board we felt that the time was right to take the next step and appoint a vice president.

“Our constitution has always allowed for one or more vice presidents, but this is the first time we’ve appointed to the post.

“We’ve a tremendous team in terms of Allan as president, Anand now as vice president, and the wider board, representing our members and acting as great ambassadors for them and for Cumbrian business.”

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