The company announces the retirement of Lexon’s co-founder, Anup Sodha
Bestway Healthcare has appointed Jeremy Meader as its new chief wholesale officer, following the retirement of Anup Sodha.
Meader would join the company in mid-November but is expected to officially assume his responsibilities from January 2, 2024.
He will lead Lexon, Bestway Medhub, Wardle’s, Knights Fragrances, PI & Specials manufacturing and the wholesale supply chain.
Sodha, who co-founded the business 25 years ago, will continue to lead the company’s wholesale business unit until 31 December 2023.
Commenting on his retirement, Sodhi said: “I am proud of what we achieved at Lexon, it has been a team effort and I am grateful to everyone who has helped as we built a strong wholesale business.
“After almost 25 years leading the business, I am delighted with the vision and passion Bestway Group have for its future and wish them every success.”
Meader comes with over 25 years of experience in wholesale from Phoenix, Alliance Healthcare and GSK.
He was the Group Sales & Marketing Director at Phoenix before he joined the independent wholesaler.
Meader expressed gratitude after joining the company, saying: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Bestway family and very much looking forward to getting to know the healthcare wholesale team.
“The Bestway Group has a genuine passion, commitment and vision for the UK Healthcare sector,” he added.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the healthcare wholesale business unit to deliver further growth, building on the strong heritage of the combined businesses.”
Bestway’s CEO, Seb Hobbs, expressed his appreciation for Anup’s support during the “initial integration period” and how Anup facilitated a “smooth transition” for Lexon colleagues, customers, and the brand.
“His knowledge, love for the business and its people is evident in every conversation and we are grateful for his commitment,” he said.
“We are thrilled Jeremy Meader is joining the Bestway family and excited by the contribution he will make to further develop our healthcare wholesale offer, serve more customers and grow our business.”
Earlier this year, Well Pharmacy announced the acquisition of Lexon UK Holdings and Asurex Limited.
Lexon is a family-owned business running primarily as a pharmaceutical wholesaler for 3,000 retail pharmacy customers across the UK and Ireland.