We are delighted to welcome Chris Bates and Bill Wilson to the company.
We are happy to announce that Chris Bates is joining Hydro International as Chief Financial Officer as of the 19th November 2018.
This role is critical both to our strategic development and our day-to-day effectiveness, so we're delighted that Chris has come on board to help us shape and refine our commercial strategy as we continue to transform our business and deliver profitable, sustainable global growth.
Chris will be a member of the Steering Committee (Board) as well as the Global Leadership Team and will bring significant experience in strategy, commercial business, finance and information technology. As part of his role Chris will not only lead Finance but will be also responsible for Information Technology.
Chris joins us from Survitec Group, a £400m ($510m) private equity owned global business focused on safety critical survival solutions for marine, offshore, military and aerospace sectors, where he was the Group Chief Financial officer. Prior to this Chris was Chief Financial Officer for VPS Holdings, a private equity owned international security and property services business.
Starting his career at PwC, Chris has held senior financial leadership positions at Invensys, Ricardo, Babcock International, Simon Group plc and the TI and Smiths Groups, with roles including Group and Divisional Financial Controller, General Manager and Group IT Director. Chris holds a degree in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He brings valuable and extensive board-level experience of the international engineering, high-technology, contracting and service sectors.
We are also pleased to announce that Bill Wilson will be taking on the role of Chairman as of the 1st of November.
Bill joins us having retired from WYKO Group Ltd as Chief Executive Officer and is a career Chief Executive Officer and seasoned Non Executive Chairman/Director. He has held positions on the plc Boards of both Dutch and UK listed companies, and he has an extensive international background including working in the US, Japan, China and Europe. He has significant merger and acquisition experience and is accustomed to working with companies owned by private equity.