As many of you may already know, industry stalwart Karl Waktare is stepping down at the end of December as Managing Director of GMK Ltd after nearly 30 years in the business. David Barton will take up the role of General Manager of GMK Ltd as of 1 January 2024. With strong experience in sales and management, David brings over 20 years of experience in various industries including sports shooting ammunition for the past decade.

In 2020, Barton was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of ELEY Ltd: Founded in 1828, ELEY Ltd manufactures precision rimfire ammunition with a strong record of Olympic success. David had previously served nine years as Global Sales and Marketing Director with the company, six of which were under private equity ownership. As CEO, he oversaw manufacturing operations in the UK and USA, managed staff across five countries, led a team of over 100 employees and oversaw the sale of the business from its private equity ownership in late 2022.

In addition, GMK has announced the appointments of Siân Melrose and Jordan Clarke. Siân will join the Marketing Team as Marketing Manager on 2nd January. Siân has a wealth of experience in the role of Marketing Manager, including seven years at Eley Ltd as Marketing Manager and then Sales and Marketing Manager.

Jordan Clarke will join the Sales Office Team as Sales Administrator on 8 January. Jordan has held a number of customer service roles, his most recent being Product Expert at Wiggle.

GTN understands that Oskar Waktare will remain as Finance Director, continuing the Waktare family’s long-standing involvement in GMK.


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