Ideal Standard appoints new UK and Ireland MD

David Barber promoted to top role after 14 years at the bathroom giant

David Barber

Sanitaryware firm Ideal Standard has announced that finance director David Barber is to take over as the firm’s UK and Ireland Managing Director.


Barber joined the multinational bathroom manufacturer, whose consumer brands include Armitage Shanks and Sottini, in 2006. Serving first as the company’s UK finance director, last year he took over responsibility for Western Europe. His 14 years at Ideal Standard also includes nine months as interim MD for the UK and Ireland between November 2015 and July 2016.

Barber will take over from Stephen Ewer who is leaving the business after more than two years as MD.

Jan Peter Tewes, Ideal Standard Chief Commercial Officer, commented: ‘David has been part of the Ideal Standard family for over 14 years. His in-depth knowledge of the business will be vital as we navigate the current, unprecedented situation and his strong leadership at this time will be key to ensuring our future success.


‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen for all of his hard work and dedication in driving forward the UK business and we wish him the best of luck in the future.’