David Bell resigns as Managing Director, Leica Camera Ltd

Leica Camera AG announced that David Bell has resigned as Managing Director of Leica Camera Ltd in the UK after eight transformational years for the brand. Commercial Director Jason Heward was named General Manager, effective immediately.

Mr Alfred Schopf, CEO of the Management Board of Leica Camera AG, observed, 'David has made countless contributions to Leica in the UK; I am grateful for his passion and commitment to the brand over the years.'

Heward joined Leica Camera Ltd in 2012 as a Director. Before joining the company, Heward had worked across a number of industries, and brings a breadth of experience to the role.

Commenting on his new appointment, Heward says, 'I am delighted to accept the challenges offered by this new position. This is an exciting time for the company and the industry as a whole. I am looking forward to working closely with our partners in the UK to drive brand growth, through new and existing opportunities. The priority is to maintain the position of the brand above and beyond the shrinking traditional consumer camera market'.

About Leica Camera:

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. Combined with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception to this day. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Solms, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalic√£o, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company's positive development in recent years.