A run down of the latest appointments in the manufacturing world throughout the month of February.
Patrice Moreau, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres
Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has expanded appointed Patrice Moreau as general sales manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Moreau, who possesses more than 19 years’ experience in commercial and business aviation, joins from Barnes Aerospace in Derby, where he held the role of commercial manager.
Previously, he spent nine years supporting Bombardier’s business aviation division, working with civilian and military operators as well as MROs around the world.
Sales and marketing director David Skepper, who Moreau will be reporting to, said: “We are confident Patrice’s leadership skills and vast aerospace industry sales experience will enable the company to build on its recent success in the both the commercial and military sectors.”
Mike Young, Jungheinrich UK
Jungheinrich UK has announced the appointment of Mike Young as its systems & projects division’s new UK business development manager.
Young specialises in the design and implementation of fully- and semi-automated intralogistics systems and has held senior positions with a number of materials handling equipment suppliers in a 20-year career.
Steve Richmond, director of Jungheinrich UK systems & projects division, said: “The Systems & Projects operation is a key area for growth and development for Jungheinrich and Mike’s appointment further underpins our commitment and investment in this area of our business.
“Mike is a fantastic addition to our team and I know he will enjoy significant success with our organization”.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall
Tim Tozer, former president and chief executive of Mitsubishi Motors Europe and managing director of Mazda UK, has been appointed chairman and managing director of Vauxhall.
Tozer will replace Duncan Aldred, who has departed to parent company GM’s headquarters in Detroit to become US vice president, Buick-GMC sales, service and marketing.
Tozer’s, whose most recent post was as chief executive of Autobinck Holding NV in The Hague, will also the Luton-based automotive on the Opel/Vauxhall Leadership Board in Germany.
President of General Motors Europe Karl-Thomas Newmann said: “Tim brings a wealth of motor industry experience to the Opel/Vauxhall organisation, a strong understanding of the sales and marketing functions and a wide knowledge of both operational and strategic aspects of the business.
“Vauxhall is an exceptional performer in the UK industry and we look forward to Tim building on the strong foundations already developed by Duncan Aldred and his team.”
Gino De Jaegher, Real Good Food Company
The Real Good Food Company has appointed Gino De Jaegher as its new chief operating officer.
De Jaegher, who was managing director of British Sugar for five years, before leaving in 2012 to take up a consultancy role at RGFC.
In his new role De Jaegher, who has previously worked at Procter and Gamble, will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company.
Pieter Totte, RGFC executive chairman, said: “His appointment to this role will enable me to concentrate on the strategic and, specifically, the commercial development of the group overall, and I feel confident that we now have a structure in place which will enable us to develop our businesses to achieve our growth targets.”
Paul Hetherington, Marshall-Tufflex
Marshall-Tufflex has appointed Paul Hetherington as its new CEO, replacing Jim Fletcher who is stepping down after 30 years at the helm.
Hetherington, formerly managing director of Alumasc Rainwater, Drainage, Casings & Plastics Division, will work with his predecessor up until his retirement in May.
With a background of working in a number of sales and executive roles, Hetherington will remain a non-executive director of the Builders Merchant Federation.
Chairman Kevin Page said: “Paul brings with him a vast amount of experience in the production and supply of building products having worked for well-recognised manufacturers and merchants/distributors during his career.
“I am sure he will prove a superb asset to Marshall-Tufflex and build on the great work done by Jim.”
Mark Anderson, Fascia Graphics
Fascia Graphics, the UK’s leading provider of graphic overlays and membrane keypads has appointed Mark Anderson as Sales Manager for the Midlands, North Wales, North West and East Anglia.
Anderson, previously worked for the company between 1996 and 2010, goes into the newly created position with the aim of increasing the reach of its UK sales force following a recent £1m investment in new production equipment.
Paul Bennett, managing director of Fascia Graphics said: “We’re delighted that Mark has returned to Fascia Graphics as he was highly influential in taking the company to its market leading position.”
“When he first joined Fascia in 1996, he rapidly increased his area sales from £100,000 to £800,000 – so we’re looking forward to benefiting from his expertise in building relationships and always delivering on the Fascia promise.”
David Ruminski, TMAT
TMAT has appointed David Ruminski to the newly created role of plant manager as it looks to improve manufacturing and achieve its goal of £20m turnover.
Previously head of operations for Ohly in China, Ruminski has considerable experience and expertise in driving operational process, productivity, efficiency and bottom-line improvements at multi-national manufacturing organisations.
TMAT MD Jason Lippitt said Ruminski was hand picked for the role.
“He is highly accomplished in strengthening competitive advantage by reducing costs of products and processes, and those are just the kinds of traits we need in a plant manager as we look to push for our aim of £20m turnover.”
David Lockwood, Knowledge Transfer Network
David Lockwood has been appointed as non-executive Chair of Knowledge Transfer Network.
The network, a new vehicle taking effect from 1st April, will continue to develop the work currently undertaken by the Technology Strategy Board’s Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTN’s).
The new organisation will continue to support business innovation, bringing UK innovators together from across business and academia to collaborate, share knowledge and ideas and develop business partnerships that drive economic growth.
CEO of the Technology Strategy Board, Iain Gray said: “David’s experience with innovation-focussed businesses will prove invaluable in improving and expanding both the network and collaboration between cutting edge businesses.”
“He joins us at a pivotal time in the development of the KTN, as it transitions to a more fluid structure.”
Garry Howes, Gent Visick
Industrial property specialist Gent Visick has appointed investment expert Garry Howes to further broaden its investment offering into areas including offices and retail.
Mr Howes joins the Leeds-based firm following nine years as head of investment in the north of England for Gerald Eve, where he was instrumental in the £37m sale of Princes Exchange, the largest single office investment sale in Leeds last year.
Rupert Visick, managing partner at Gent Visick, added: “Garry is a stellar signing for Gent Visick and is a like-minded individual who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our growing team.
“There is undoubtedly renewed optimism and confidence in the market and the increased levels of activity show no signs of slowing down.
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