Scott Bader (Wollaston, Northampshire, UK) reported on June 1 that it has appointed Jean-Claude Pierre as its new group CEO, taking over from Philip Bruce who retires at the end of June, after 10 years in the role and 41 years in the chemical industry. Pierre officially starts on June 15 and will take full control of the business; he will be located at Scott Bader’s global headquarters in Northamptonshire.
The appointment of Jean-Claude is based on an impressive performance record in a number of key senior management and board level leadership roles. He has more than 26 years of multinational business experience in a variety of roles and markets including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, mining, nutrition, oil and gas, adhesives and coatings. His career to date has spanned technical, commercial and management consulting positions, initially with blue chip companies ICI, Ashland and BASF, working in chemicals, automotive and speciality coatings based in the UK, US, Germany and France, then nine years in China since 2006.
His qualifications include a Master’s degree from ITECH-Lyon engineering institute for plastics, textiles and composites in France, a PhD in Organisational Systems from Saybrook University, and an MBA from Hult International Business School in the US.
Pierre says, “I am very excited to be joining this uniquely independent business and to build upon what has already been accomplished by the team in changing the strategic direction of the business. The ‘Vision 2020’ strategy has added new advanced products and significantly increased Scott Bader’s global business presence through key acquisitions and joint ventures in recent years. The next five years are critical to leverage this expanded global position in key markets, find new opportunities, and continue to invest in innovation and people, the two core strengths of the business.”
Bruce has taken the Scott Bader Group from a largely EMEA regionally dependent business back in 2005 to its current USD$287 million annual turnover global position today, with manufacturing facilities in Europe, The Middle East, South Africa, India, Canada and South America and more than 640 employees worldwide. He leaves Scott Bader having put in place a number of key structural and strategic changes aimed at securing long-term sustainability while maintaining the structure, ethical, social, charitable and environmental values and guiding principles handed down by the founder, Ernest Bader.