Agriculture and engineering group Carr’s has appointed Hugh Pelham to succeed Tim Davies as chief executive officer.
Hugh will join Carr’s as chief executive officer designate and as a member of the board on 4th January 2021 and will formally succeed Tim at the conclusion of the group’s next annual meeting, scheduled for 12th January.
Tim will step down from the board, but remain with the group during a short handover period.
Hugh brings more than 30 years’ experience in leading growing businesses across various sectors.
He is global president at Minova, part of ASX-listed Orica, which is a manufacturer and supplier of chemical and mechanical earth control products, adhesives and support equipment.
Minova has revenues of A$600m, generated from 40 countries globally.
Prior to this, Hugh spent four years as managing director of Wood Group Industrial Services Limited, a provider of specialist coatings, access and fabric maintenance services to the oil and gas, marine and rail industries.
He also served as president (EMEA) of Wood Group Industrial Services and has a strong track record of generating value through long-term profitable growth and successful business turnarounds.
He holds a BA in engineering, economics and management from Oxford University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
He said: “I am very excited and honoured to be joining Carr’s Group.
“The company is steeped in technology and innovation across both agriculture and engineering which, together with its market-leading brands, provides a strong platform for driving growth and increasing profitability.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the team, and to play my part in the group’s exciting future.”
Carr’s chairman Peter Page said: “I am very pleased to welcome Hugh to Carr’s.
“He is a first-rate business executive with a track record of consistently delivering top and bottom-line growth at both privately-owned and publicly listed businesses.
“From scaling founder-owned enterprises to leading swift and decisive turnarounds, Hugh’s considerable experience will be of real value when leading a business as diverse as Carr’s.”