March 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

After many successful years in the lubricants industry, a catalogue of achievements and a lifetime of fond memories, Keith Pepper, Multisol’s Business Development Director, has announced his decision to retire.

“Keith has been an important source of support and guidance to me and many others, and I will be sad to see him go,” explains Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilkins. “I know that everyone will wish him a very long and happy retirement as he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Sarah and their family.

“Keith joined Multisol in 2010 having previously worked for BP and Infineum for a number of years. He has been instrumental in developing Multisol’s overseas business and in managing the company in Russia. More recently he has been responsible for successfully expanding the business into India and the Middle East. He will continue to assist Multisol for six months on a part-time consultancy basis.”

“His knowledge and experience have been invaluable as the business has expanded into these new territories.”

Away from work, Keith likes to keep busy and active.  As well as being a proficient sailor, Keith has a number of land base hobbies and is looking forward to spending some of his time between his golf club and newly acquired allotment.  Keith is also a keen fan of sport, particularly football and cricket.  He is a big Sunderland supporter and his focus now will surely be on the team’s latest ‘Great Escape’ from Premier League relegation!  Onwards and upwards...

Multisol’s Commercial Director EMEA MM, Graham Eden has also paid tribute to Keith.

“I have spent many years working with Keith in many guises,” he explains. “He has been my supplier and he has been my customer; for the past 2 1/2 years he has been my boss. As a supplier he was a good innovator; as a customer, a tough prospect; as a boss, supportive.”

“We have been fortunate to have travelled to many interesting places and met a wide variety of interesting people. On one occasion in Venice, a toast led to a customer spitting out the contents of his glass as it contained vinegar! On another in Milan, Keith apprehended a mugger only to find himself surrounded by six of his accomplices!”

“During his 30 plus years, he has built up a vast contact list that means there are not many places one can name where Keith cannot call on someone for help.”

Andrew Lamb, European Key Account Manager added:

“I had the privilege to have worked for Keith for a number of years. I remember when we were first introduced and he basically told me 'Just hold on to the tail-coats, it’s going to be a hell of a ride!' and how true that was.  Always first in the office, even with a three hour commute Keith is restless, full of positive energy and enthusiasm with a passion for the industry.  He has been a great mentor to me and I am sure many others in the industry before, so it is great to see him stay around in a consultancy capacity.”

“Keith also has an amazing ability to eat the hottest chilies in any restaurant then order more!”

We would like to sincerely thank and congratulate Keith for his efforts, support and achievements over the years and we all wish him a very long and happy retirement.  Ha’way The Lads!