Slowe took up his new role on Monday (2 September) after seven years as sales director for the company, with a brief spell as interim managing director in 2006, following the departure of Simon Ricketts.

Slowe takes over from former managing director Garry Colyer who is retiring from full time work to take up a consultancy role and to spend more time with his family.

Colyer said: “Rob has earned this promotion; he has been a huge support to me and has managed the publishing market for us with great integrity, effect and in line with our direction.

“He is the right man to take the company forward. Rob’s skills and knowledge, especially of the newer printing technologies, will help Arctic Paper UK continue to develop successfully.”

As Arctic Paper UK managing director Slowe will head a team of nine and report directly to acting chief executive for the Arctic Paper Group, Wolfgang Lübbert.

Globally the group employs around 1,830 people and has a total annual production capacity of 765,000 tonnes from its four European paper mills.