Survitec Phil Swash

Phil Swash Chairman

Phil has over 25 years’ experience in global senior leadership, transformation and P&L roles, with expertise in aerostructures, automotive, off-highway, global industrial operations, and lean and digital manufacturing.

Earlier in his career, Phil led the manufacturing launch of the largest commercial aircraft wings then produced and was ultimately responsible for all Airbus Wing manufacturing. He also led the deployment of lean manufacturing across Airbus’ European operations. Phil then joined GKN where he held various chief executive and board positions.

As CEO of GKN’s largest division, Phil had full autonomy and P&L responsibility for the £5.4bn global business. He led a global re-structuring of the business and successfully re-shaped and re-focused product research & development which led to the company capturing over 40% market share, in a hugely competitive space. As a GKN Board Director, Phil played a crucial role during the Melrose take-over and, crucially, the subsequent value enhancement which was secured for GKN shareholders.

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Robert Kledal Chief Executive Officer

Robert was appointed CEO in 2022. He has over 30 years' experience in high profile roles on a global scale, including CEO at Wrist Ship Supply for over nine years and several senior positions at Moeller-Maersk Group.

In both roles, Robert's priorities were strong leadership, company culture, and business model innovation, resulting in exponential business results. Robert has also served his country in the Army as a Sergeant.

He's achieved several business and digital strategy qualifications via the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Copenhagen Business School and others.

In addition to his role as CEO of Survitec, Robert is also on the Board of Directors at Wrist Ship Supply and Blue Water Shipping. Read more

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Jean-François VINGRE Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Jean-François joined Survitec in January 2023. Jean-François is responsible for leading the Finance function and plays an important role in shaping and implementing our strategic plan.

He has over 25 years of experience in senior Finance positions across a variety of industries. He was previously Group CFO at ADB Safegate, an airport equipment manufacturer and Chassis Brakes International, an automotive supplier. He’s also held CFO positions at SEVES and CMA CGM, a container shipping company.

He graduated from Sciences Po Paris and École Nationale d'Administration (ENA).

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Julian Henley-Price Group General Counsel

Julian was appointed Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Survitec in November 2019. In addition to in-house skills, he has considerable international experience and has handled a wide range of legal and business situations in a variety of industries. Following qualification as a barrister in 1994, Julian held in-house positions at Rhône-Poulenc, British American Tobacco, GE and Baltimore Technologies. Prior to joining Survitec, he was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of London Stock Exchange listed Thalassa Holdings, a diversified holding company.

Julian holds law degrees from King’s College London and Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as an MBA from London Business School.

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Debbie Wilson Chief Information Officer

Debbie joined Survitec as Chief Information Officer in February 2021. Debbie is responsible for driving Survitec’s digital transformation journey. She is a global digital and business change leader with 30 years’ experience working for global organisations to develop their digital strategies. Debbie is a dynamic leader and mentors many women in leadership positions. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion (D&I) and has led several D&I councils, where she’s helped raise the recruitment and retention statistics of women within the IT and engineering discipline.

Before her role at Survitec, Debbie held senior positions at Rio Tinto, ADT, Tyco, Sensormatic, and Unilever. She also spent two years building her own company “DigiDebb”. Debbie received her Business Technology degree from Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and more recently, certifications in Digital Strategy and Technologies from MIT and Columbia Business School.

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Finn Lende-Harung Director of Commercial Operations

Finn joined Survitec in May 2017 following the merger with Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, where he started in 2012. He’s now Director of Commercial Operations at Survitec and responsible for product category management, pricing & analytics, sales operations, Survitec Viscom and marketing.

Finn is structured, analytical and commercially minded. He has a Master of Science in business from the Norwegian School of Economics and a master's degree in International Management from CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education. 

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Mark Clegg Marine Managing Director, EMEA

Mark joined Survitec in May 2020 as Managing Director for Survitec Fire Systems, which includes the Maritime Protection brand. Mark now manages operations for the Survitec Marine Business Unit in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

He has over 45 years’ industry experience and a proven track record creating sustainable shareholder value through direct operations and integration of industrial services to the oil & gas, marine, power generation and construction industry.

Before his role in Survitec, Mark worked for Tyco International for 34 years latterly as Managing Director, EMEA Fire & Security. He was also Interim Director of Billfinger Salamis and Managing Director for ATG Access.

As a leader at Survitec, Mark promotes a diverse and open environment.


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BeiBei Qiu Marine Managing Director, APAC & MEA

Beibei joined Survitec in 2018 as General Manager of Great China before being promoted to Marine Managing Director of APAC & MEA in 2023.

Before her role at Survitec, Beibei worked for several industry-leading brands, including Maersk and Wartsila. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Avans University of Applied Science.

Beibei is committed to doing what’s right for her colleagues and customers. Beibei was voted by her colleagues as Survitec’s most influential employee in the 2022 employee engagement survey. 

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Alex Peterson Marine Managing Director, Americas

Alex joined Survitec in November 2021 as General Manager for the United States and Panama. Shortly after he was hired, he was promoted to General Manager for the Americas, overseeing the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Panama.

Alex has over 30+ years of experience in building teams and delivering results. He has a proven track record of leading multiple business units and regions to become successful contributors to the broader organisation. He is also fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Before his role at Survitec, Alex worked for Aramark International for over 27 years, where he held several Leadership & Management roles. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree as an Accountant & bachelor’s in Business Administration.

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Claude Sada Chief Operating Officer, Marine

Claude was appointed Survitec Marine Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2019, before becoming Managing Director in 2022. He’s now back in his role as COO for the Marine Business Units at Survitec.

Before his role at Survitec, Claude held leadership positions within significant organisations, including Eaton Corporation, Hertz Rent a Car, Meadwestvaco (Now Westrock) and Berendsen Plc.

Claude studied at the University of Geneva, where he received a master’s degree in Supply Chain and Operations Management.

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Martin Whittaker CEO Aerospace & Defence

Martin joined Survitec in early 2019 initially as Managing Director and became the CEO of the Survitec Aerospace and Defence business in November 2019.

Martin is a qualified engineer with over 40 years’ in the Aerospace and Defence industry, and has extensive experience leading significant businesses globally in both public and private equity environments.  He is experienced in working in safety critical, heavily governed, asset heavy environments, with a demonstrable track record of operational and financial improvement.

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Dan Lund Managing Director, Wearables & Leisure

Dan joined Survitec in 2021 following the acquisition of Hansen Protection, where he started as Head of Business Development in 2019 and before being made Chief Financial Officer in 2020. 

He's now Managing Director for the Wearables & Leisure Business Unit at Survitec and responsible for market-leading brands, including Hansen Protection, Crewsaver, Survitec HeliPPE and Lyngsøe Rainwear. He also leads Survitec's offshore PPE rental solution entities. 

Dan holds an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London and a Bachelor in Finance from BI Norwegian Business School.

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