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A highly effective, versatile and committed general manager with particular expertise in starting and growing international businesses in highly technical, business critical, business to business environments combining significant product and service content.


·Operating business management (P&L responsibility and business development).

  • Company start-up and turn-around – structuring for growth and profit.
  • Strategy development and implementation for total solution lifecycle.
  • Organisation culture and process change (including post acquisition integration).
  • High levelblue chip client and local authority credibility.
  • Good multi-cultural experience.
  • French (good), Dutch (conversational), Bahasa Malaysia (conversational).

Work experience

Mar 2009Present

Managing DIrector

4&8 Ltd

Providing consultancy services to the Automation and Production Management sectors.

Jun 2007Mar 2009

Professional Services Manager EMEA

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms

GE FANUC Intelligent Platforms is a joint venture between GE of the USA and FANUC Ltd of Japan. The division I worked in supplies critical production automation and production optimisation (hardware, software and services) to all kinds of major industries around the world.

Leader for group delivering projects, demand services and training in automation and production management systems across EMEA.

·Key Customers: Land Rover (UK automotive – overall production management and scheduling system), Pfizer (Multiple European sites pharmaceutical – roll out of production management platform), SCA (Multiple European sites fmcg paper – various production management systems), ADWEA (Multiple UAE sites water distribution automation), Heineken (Multiple European sites brewery production management systems), EverQ (Germany photovoltaic solar panel production management systems), Aberdare Cables (South Africa multi site cable manufacture production management systems), ACA/L-3 (UK defence – ship monitoring systems for new aircraft carriers), Friesland Foods (Netherlands Food Manufacture – production automation system), Group 5 (South Africa – power generation automation).

·Grew total business 14% (ahead of target) in 2007, 10% (on target) in 2008 up to 9.2M euros.

·Increased margins and utilization in 2007 and 2008.

·Restructured organization, set appropriate strategic focus points for different product and service lines and improved team morale and performance.

Jan 1999May 2007

Business Unit Manager

Yokogawa System Centre Europe bv

Yokogawa is a major provider of production automation and management systems (hardware, software and services) for continuous process industries such as Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power (including alternative energy), Water as well as niche applications in other industries globally.

Operating division head responsible for sales, operations, service and product development forcontinuously available industrial IT and communications projects for critical continuous applications worldwide.

·Key Customers: Saudi Aramco (Projects in Oil & Gas production and transportation), Shell (Projects in Gas production and transportation worldwide), BP (Hydrocarbon production in the USA), ABB (Advanced Building, Airport and Tunnel Management systems), ASML (Semiconductor machine management systems), United Utilities (ex North West Water overall production management systems), British Energy (ex BNFL Fuel handling management systems).

·Revived and restructured shrinking business – exceeding growth and margin expectations.

·Steered Product Development into web applications and towards the business environment and to increase shrink-wrapped product sales.

·Multiplied Turnover by 10 in projects, licences & support – and raised average GP.

·Developed Yokogawa companies around the world as sales and engineering channels using sales, R&D, engineering and service resources from Holland.

·Developed and implemented strategy to successfully introduce project based IT systems into a

traditionally hardware-oriented organisation.

Jan 1994Dec 1998

Managing Director

Yokogawa ISS Sdn Bhd

YokogawaIndustrial Safety Systems Sdn Bhd/GTI Industrial Automation, Malaysia 

GTI was acquired by Yokogawa in April 1997

Regional Managing Director

·Key Customers: Shell (Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, New Zealand, Nigeria – Oil & Gas production systems), EXXON (Malaysia – Gas Production Systems), Qatargas(Qatar - LNG liquefaction system), Titan Petrochemicals (Malaysia – Petrochemical production system), Yanshan Petrochemicals (China – Petrochemical production systems), Caltex (China – LPG underground storage system).

·Created, structured and grew profitable custom specialist systems company exporting to whole Asia-Pacific region using multi ethnic Malaysian staff (encompassing sales, manufacturing and service).

·Turnover: From Zero to 3M US$ in 1998 (during recession), average GP 20%.

·ISO 9001 certification.

·Successfullyintegrated original GTI company within Yokogawa after acquisition, using Yokogawa sales channels in place of existing agents.

·Initiated and developed a network of contacts at high levels with end-users, engineering contractors and suppliers to sell our systems.

·Developed government and government agency contacts to set up business.

Jan 1993Dec 1993

Systems Engineer

GTI Industrial Automation Ltd

·Providing Technical and Commercial Support to existing and new clients in the Oil & Gas, Chemical Industries and Utilities for specialist electronic systems and services.

·Identified new clients and new applications for the systems.

Oct 1986Aug 1992

Instrument and Control Engineer

1990-1991 Control Engineer, BP London, Engineering Department. Internal consultant in information systems and advanced techniques. • Developed requirements for and ran technical development (by outside firm) of management information system for new $750m plant. • Initiated and ran pilot projects to introduce new technologies to BPCI. • Advised all BPCI sites on appropriate technology applications. • Identified opportunities for technology application on site. 1988-1990 Section Engineer, BP Hull. R+D. Responsible for design, construction and maintenance of pilot plants. • Managed 4 engineers, 10 tradesmen and contract labour. • Developed and managed construction projects (eg $.75m pilot plant). • Conducted technical training courses. • TQM Facilitator 1986-1988 Electrical and Control Engineer, BP International. Project and maintenance work at 4 BP sites (Oil & Gas & Chemical). • 2 year corporate training programme in engineering and management.





BA Hons 2.1