Survitec's Board reflects the Group's strength and ambition, consisting of several highly experienced industry professionals. The executive directors are CEO Brian Stringer, Executive Vice President Chris Taylor, who is based in the US, and CFO Chris Bates and COO Cyril Stocker. Non-executive directors are Survitec Chairman Simon Withey, Tony Morgan and Mark Baines. Both Tony and Mark are representatives of Onex Corporation, Survitec's owners. Sir Jonathon Band, Simon Morse and Warren Tucker complete our Board and substantially strengthen and assist the company in achieving its exciting growth plans.
Simon Withey - Chairman
Simon was previously Chief Executive at Survitec and has over thirty years' experience spanning several markets including marine, defence and aerospace businesses around the world. Simon has held positions at organisations such as VT Group, Babcock International Group and GEC, as well as in joint venture companies with BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and EADS.
Brian Stringer - Chief Executive Officer
Brian joined Survitec Group as Chief Operating Officer in June 2008 from Doncasters, the aerospace components manufacturer, where he held the position of Group Business Improvement Director. Brian has a wealth of experience in operations management across a range of industries and has also held board-level roles at Siemens Power Generation and Williams Holdings.
Chris Taylor - Executive Vice President
Chris brings US and international aerospace, defence and marine experience to Survitec’s board, having served as President of VT Group’s Technical Services business in the USA. Combining international experience from previous roles in operations strategy, M&A and investment banking, Chris brings a uniquely diverse insight to the company’s growth opportunities. Chris holds an MBA from the University of Southampton and is an avid sailor.
Chris Bates - Chief Financial Officer
Chris joined us from VPS Holdings, a private-equity-owned international security and property services business, where he held the position of Group Finance Director. Starting his career at Price Waterhouse, Chris has subsequently held senior financial leadership positions at Invensys, Ricardo, Babcock International, and the TI and Smiths Groups. Chris holds an honours 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.
Cyril Stocker - Chief Operating Officer
Cyril joined Survitec in 2003 and has held various roles within the Group, including Group Projects Director, and more recently, Group Operations Director. He was promoted to the role of COO in April 2015 and holds responsibility for the Group’s operational improvements, cost reduction projects, manufacturing optimisation and delivery of a number of major commercial contracts. Cyril is also responsible for pre and post-acquisition activities from an operational perspective, including synergy achievement. He holds a First Class Masters Degree in Manufacturing Management from University of Ulster.
Tony Morgan - Non-Executive Director
Tony joined Onex in 2012 and is responsible for the firm's origination and due diligence efforts in Europe, with a particular emphasis on industrial and chemicals markets. Tony received an M.Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Onex, he worked at CPPIB in Toronto and Permira in London. Tony previously served on a number of Boards, including KraussMaffei, Tomkins, Livingston International and Aricent Technologies.
Mark Baines - Non-Executive Director
Mark joined Onex in 2013 and is involved in conducting due diligence and arranging financing for a number of potential investments, including the successful acquisition of Survitec Group in March 2015. Mark holds an M.A. in Chinese Studies from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Prior to joining Onex, he worked at Terra Firma Capital Partners, a London-based private equity firm, where he worked on the due diligence and execution of new business acquisitions and led a number of financings and add-ons for existing portfolio businesses.
Sir Jonathon Band - Non-Executive Director
Sir Jonathon is a Non-Executive Director of the leading cruise line Carnival Corporation and of the defence and systems company Lockheed Martin UK. He is also a Defence Advisor to Babcock International and has also been an Advisor to Survitec Group. Previously Sir Jonathon led a full executive career in the Royal Navy culminating as the First Sea Lord. He brings a deep understanding of the marine environment, defence, international affairs, government and safety. Sir Jonathon is a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Board.
Simon Morse - Non-Executive Director
Simon has had an extremely successful career within the international marine sector which included being the CEO of Inchcape Shipping where he also led the management buyout and subsequent sale to Dubai World Investments. He has also been the Executive Chairman of Griffin, the leading specialist in crew logistics, and Chairman of TGE Marine acquired in September 2015 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding. Simon brings deep understanding of the marine sector, international business and business services and chairs the Governance Committee of the Board whilst also being a member of the Audit Committee.
Warren Tucker - Non-Executive Director
Warren is a Non-Executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Plc. and of Thomas Cook Group Plc. Previously Warren worked for British Airways Plc. and for 10 years served as CFO on the Board of Cobham Plc. operating in maritime, aerospace and defence markets where he helped drive the company’s extremely successful expansion and diversification. He brings experience in these markets, M&A, integration, strategic growth and transformation. Warren is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and an MBA and chairs the Audit Committee of the Board whilst also being a member of the Governance Committee.
Dag Schjerven - Non-Executive Director
Dag is currently President and CEO of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and joins Survitec as a Non-Executive Director on our Board. Prior to joining Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, Dag was President and CEO of ASSA ABloy Hospitality and VingCard Group.