A run down of the latest appointments in the manufacturing world throughout the month of July.
Graeme Grieve, BMW UK & Ireland
The BMW Group has named Graeme Grieve as its new managing director of its UK and Ireland operations, a position he will take up from October.
Mr Grieve, currently based in Munich and responsible for the BMW Group Importer business covering more than 80 countries around the world, succeeds Tim Abbott who has been appointed as managing director for the BMW Group South Africa.
With experience of the motor industry spanning a range of markets, 53-year-old Grieve first joined BMW in 1990 and held a number of positions before being appointed sales director in 2001.
He subsequently joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2006 as global sales and marketing director before moving to Munich in 2009 to take responsibility for the BMW Group Importer business.
Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for BMW sales and marketing, said: “Graeme’s breadth of experience across the company has proved to be a great asset in his current position and provides an excellent foundation for his leadership of BMW Group UK.”
Tony Mohan, UKWA
The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has appointed Tony Mohan as the Association’s new chairman.
Mr Mohan takes over from John Maguire, who had held the role since 2011.
Mohan joined Bibby Distribution in 1988 and has held various positions within the business, from operational roles through to the Business Development function.
Roger Williams, UKWA’s chief executive officer, said of the appointment: “Tony bring a wealth of third party logistics industry experience to the UKWA Chairman’s role which will prove highly beneficial to the Association and our members.”
Duncan Craig, Fit For Nuclear
Former Westinghouse vice president Duncan Craig has joined the Nuclear AMRC’s Fit For Nuclear (F4N) team to help UK manufacturers meet the standards demanded by the industry’s top tier.
Craig, who has over 35 years’ experience in the UK nuclear sector, will take on a role which will see him visit companies to better understand their strengths and challenges, and develop follow-up plans to help them raise their performance.
The F4N assessment allows manufacturing companies to test whether they are ready to enter the nuclear supply chain.
Around 150 companies have completed the online F4N assessment over the past three years, with the majority receiving ongoing support and development from the Nuclear AMRC team.
As part of the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme, backed by the Regional Growth Fund, F4N is now being expanded with the aim of supporting 300 firms over the next two years.
Steve Hardwidge, Schunk Intec
Schunk Intec has now expanded its UK team with the appointment of Steve Hardwidge as its new area sales manager.
Mr Hardwidge will join the clamping technology and gripping systems specialist possessesing over 30 years’ experience of the manufacturing industry across a broad range of engineering disciplines.
Commenting upon the appointment, Schunk Intec general manager Martin Kent said: “Customer service has always been a key focus point for Schunk and I believe our new area sales manager, with his vast industry knowledge, will be able to service the challenging requests we receive from our customers.”
Lee Woodward, Gap Personnel
Industrial recruitment agency Gap Personnel has appointed Lee Woodward as its new finance director.
Replacing Andy Gunson, who left the organisation in June, Mr Woodward arrives with 17 years’ industry experience; serving most recently with companies Mouchel and Speedy Hire.
His broad commercial background includes working capital and risk management, bids and tenders, and M&A experience.
The appointment follows a remarkable period in which gap, one of the UK’s top three independent labour providers, increased its turnover to £98m in 2013, an increase of 15% on predicted figures.
Commenting on the appointment, Gap Personnel’s founder and CEO, Gary Dewhurst said: “We are delighted to welcome Lee into the Gap Personnel team, he is commercially astute, has an impressive track record, excellent qualifications and will provide our Board with a valuable strategic financial steer.”
Howard Joseph, Azzure IT
Microsoft Dynamics ERP provider Azzure IT has appointed Howard Joseph to its board as a non-executive director.
With 25 years working in the ERP and technology sector, for companies including McGuffie Brunton and K3 Business Technology Group, Mr Joseph joins Azzure IT during a time of expansion.
Following on from 2013, a year which saw the company achieve 100% growth, Azzure IT has since acquired 17 new customers, take on eight new members of staff and now sees business on track to grow by 70% this year.
Craig Such, founder and director of Azzure IT, said: “Howard is a real asset to the board, and the kudos and reputation he brings has already helped us win significant new business.”
“We are only three years old, but we’re constantly reinvesting in the company and adding quality people to our team.”
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