August appointments

Although a traditionally quiet month in the world of manufacturing, August has still seen a flurry of appointments. TM list the latest job moves in the sector throughout the month.

John Cowley Motorex

John Cowley, Motorex technical field sales manager.

John Cowley, Motorex

Motorex, the largest independent oil blending company in Switzerland, has announced the appointment of John Cowley as its new technical field sales engineer.

He has been given a remit to further establish Motorex as a major supplier of high quality industrial lubricants, oils, greases and metal working fluids (MWF) to the UK manufacturing industry.

Mr Cowley, who has over 20 years’ experience in the oils and lubricants industry, said of his appointment: “Motorex has only recently created this role and subsequently given me the opportunity to build its presence throughout Great Britain and Ireland by establishing the brand and increasing awareness of its fantastic product offering.”

Richard Hemsley, Lombard

Richard Hemsley, the new managing director of Lombard.

Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider, has announced the appointment of Richard Hemsley as it’s new Managing Director with effect from September 2013.

Mr Hemsley, who was previously chief loglstics officer for The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group’s International Banking division, takes over from Ian Isaac, who has been interim Managing Director since May.

Susan Allen, chief executive of RBSG’s Customer Solutions Group, which Lombard is part of, said of the appointment: “Richard has a strong track record of leadership and customer focus which will be invaluable in building on Lombard’s ongoing success story.”


Roger Evans MBE, Schaeffler's new managing director.

Roger Evans MBE, Schaeffler

Schaeffler’s UK division has appointed Roger Evans MBE as its new managing director. Mr Evans will take over from Kate Hartigan, who is retiring after serving more than 19 years at the company. In addition to his new Managing Director role, Mr Evans will continue in his current position as Plant Director of Schaeffler UK’s automotive production plant in Llanelli, South Wales.

Upon being awarded the role, Mr Evans paid tribute to work carried out for Schaeffler by his predecessor: “Kate’s commitment and outstanding achievements during her 19 years at the company have made a decisive contribution to the sustained growth and profitability of Schaeffler UK.”

Neil Coggins, Yamazaki Mazak

Neil Coggins, sales area manager for Wales and Shropshire at Yamazaki Mazak.

Yamazaki Mazak has appointed Neil Coggins as its new sales area manager for Wales and Shropshire. Mr Coggins, who has worked at the company since 1990 after joining Mazak as an Application Engineer, before working his way up through various roles within the company. He most recently served as chief project engineer for the UK.

Paul Hughes, Yamazaki Mazak’s general sales manager, said: “Neil understands the needs of the customer and can apply his application knowledge in his new sales role, as well as overseeing both markets, with a view to offering real application expertise to Mazak’s customers in the aerospace, medical and subcontracting sectors.”


Tim Cooke, REO UK's recently appointed business development manager.

Tim Cooke, REO UK

REO UK appointed Tim Cooke as its new business development manager. Mr Cooke, who had previously driven RS Components’ sales leadership initiative for 16 years, has also worked for Cray Electronics and Control Techniques.

His brief will include expanding REO’s power quality components supply to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including manufacturers of variable speed drives and inverters, as well as installers and system integrators.

Upon being appointed, Mr Cook said he hopes his role will help REO overcome any barriers that may prevent the company meeting its customer needs, and improve the communication of the things it does well. Though stationed in the UK, his remit also includes working with REO subsidiaries in Europe, the US, China and India.

Klaus Dieter Rennart, Hitachi Europe

New Hitachi Europe chief executive Klaus Dieter Rennart.

Hitachi has announced Klaus Dieter Rennert as its new chief executive for Europe.

Mr Rennert will bring over 30 years’ experience in engineering having lead key Hitachi projects in Europe, South Africa and India. He added he hopes to carry on the work carried out by his predecessor as the company looks for growth in Europe.

“Europe is one of the key regions for growth and Hitachi is committed to providing Social Innovation Business. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues in continuing to develop these strategies in Europe,” he said.

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