--Announces senior management appointments--
TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - EW Disaster Kleenup L.P. announced today that it
has changed its name to FirstOnSite Restoration L.P. and has appointed a new
Chief Executive Officer and a Vice-President, National Sales and Marketing.
Lyle Kerr, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed
Chairman of the Board.
FirstOnSite's new CEO is Ian Milne, 56. Mr. Milne has more than 35 years
of experience in related businesses in Canada, Europe, Australia and New
Zealand, mostly with the Tyco Fire & Security division of Tyco International
Ltd. He brings a deep knowledge of the construction and building systems
service businesses and a proven track record of leadership and success that
will help FirstOnSite to grow.
FirstOnSite's new VP of National Sales and Marketing is Ken Zardo, 50.
Mr. Zardo has almost 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, e-commerce
and corporate and strategic planning. For the past 14 years he has worked in
disaster restoration and the marketing of software for insurers. Mr. Zardo has
a strong understanding of the needs of insurance brokers, insurance companies,
independent adjusters and risk managers. He will lead the sales and marketing
team and provide strategic guidance as FirstOnSite continues to develop
service offerings for the benefit of customers and the Canadian insurance and
risk management industries.
"The new name FirstOnSite more clearly reflects the nature of the
company's emergency response and restoration business and will help us to
create a national brand," said Mr. Kerr. "The addition of Ian and Ken to our
senior management team will give us significant additional depth of operating
experience. Ian is already very familiar with our business strategy and our
people, having worked for us as a consultant since October 2007."
Added Mr. Milne, "Our objective is to build strong relationships with
national property insurers and corporate customers. As we continue to expand
our footprint, we will provide even more benefit to our customers, and
increase opportunities for our employees. Large insurers and corporations
operating from coast to coast want consistent service from restoration
companies so it makes sense for them to deal with a company that has a
national business scope, like FirstOnSite."
Since early 2007 FirstOnSite has acquired operations in Ontario, Quebec,
British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. With more than $140 million in
annual revenue and more than 700 direct employees in 24 cities and towns
across Canada, FirstOnSite is rapidly emerging as a leader in the Canadian
disaster recovery industry.
FirstOnSite is a full service restoration provider with expertise in
water losses, document restoration, wind damage, fire and smoke damage, sewer
backup, hurricane and tornado restorations, odour control, contents handling,
drying, electronic repairs, mould remediation, asbestos remediation, petroleum
spills, infection control and general contracting. FirstOnSite is
majority-owned by TorQuest Partners Inc. of Toronto.
For further information:
For further information: Ian Milne, Chief Executive Officer, FirstOnSite
Restoration L.P., Tel: (416) 586-3536, www.firstonsite.ca; Alan Lever,
Principal, TorQuest Partners LLP, Tel: (416) 956-7017, www.torquest.com