07 Oct 2008
Appointment of Chief Executive
Bodycote Plc, the specialist thermal processing company, is delighted to
announce the appointment of Stephen Harris as Chief Executive. He will
initially join the Board as Chief Executive Designate on 01 November 2008 and
take over from John Hubbard in the first quarter of 2009.
Stephen, 50, was previously a main board Executive Director at Spectris plc,
responsible for the operational supervision of a number of the group's trading
companies. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Brixton Plc. His past roles
include seven years as Divisional CEO and main board director of Powell Duffryn
plc and, before that, was resident in the USA for twelve years where he held
several senior positions within APV plc.
Stephen has an Engineering degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from the
University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a Chartered Engineer,
a member of the Institute of Measurement and Control, and a member of the
Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Stephen is a keen skier and scuba enthusiast and was an accomplished oarsman,
winning medals at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, the US Open Rowing
Championship and the Empire State Games.
Stephen has a strong track record of improving financial and operational
performance in multinational businesses, ideally equipping him to lead Bodycote
as it enters a new period in its strategic development. Following the disposal
of the Testing business, Stephen will concentrate on enhancing the performance
of Bodycote's core business, Thermal Processing, enabling it to deliver its
Bodycote expects to accelerate the improvement in the financial performance of
the Thermal Processing Business by increasing the amount of high added value
and speciality processes it offers; further expanding in emerging markets; and
restructuring underperforming facilities.
Alan Thomson, Chairman, says:
'We are delighted to welcome Stephen Harris to Bodycote. I look forward to
working closely with him as we take Bodycote forward in this new phase of its
development. Stephen has an impressive track record. His management experience
and achievements will be invaluable to Bodycote as the company focuses on its
global network of Thermal Processing services.'
Bodycote Plc Tel: +44 (0) 1625 505300
Alan Thomson, Chairman
David Landless, Finance Director
Financial Dynamics Tel: +44 (0) 207 831 3113