Survitec's Board reflects our strength and ambition, consisting of several highly experienced industry professionals, who are collectively leading the company in achieving its exciting growth plans.
James joined Survitec in October 2018. He was previously the CEO of Berendsen PLC, a UK listed textile rental and logistics business. Prior to Berendsen, he was the CEO of private equity owned Avincis and Invensys Rail. Earlier in his career, he worked in strategy and business development roles for Kidde PLC and Honeywell.
Ray joined Survitec as CFO in January 2019. Having previously held CFO positions at Digicel, Unit4 and BT and an Operating Partner at the Gores Technology Group, he has gained extensive experience in private equity and various industries including Telecoms in both B2C and B2B, Field Engineering, Enterprise Software and Professional Services. With a proven track record of working successfully with multi-national management teams to drive and deliver top line growth and improve profit margins and cash flow, Ray has also worked on a number of acquisitions, disposals and the overseeing of post-merger integrations. Ray has a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and is a South Africa Chartered Accountant.
Sally joined Survitec in 2011 and is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Sally is also the Group’s Chief Compliance Officer. She is a qualified lawyer with first class honours from Guildford College of Law. Prior to joining Survitec, Sally held a number of senior in house positions for global manufacturing and defence companies, most recently as Legal Director/General Counsel for subsidiaries of Thales Group and Smiths Group PLC.
Mark was appointed chairman of the Survitec board on 7th May 2018. Mark is also chairman of Integer, an international manufacturing and logistics business owned by Advent and a non-executive Director of Segro plc, a FTSE 100 logistics real estate provider. He has extensive experience of working with large multi-national industrial businesses in both private equity and public market ownership having formerly been Chief Executive Officer at Innovia Group (2015-17) which was sold in 2017 to CCL Industries for CAN$1.13bn, and prior to that, was Group CEO for Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, a FTSE 250 global leader in niche high value added manufacturing with c£1bn of revenue and over 10,000 employees worldwide.
Jonathan has been a member of the Survitec board since 2019. He is a Managing Director at Onex, where he manages European origination efforts in the Industrial, Aerospace, Transportation and Logistics sectors for Onex’s large cap fund, Onex Partners. Prior to joining Onex in 2011, Jonathan worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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 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.
Bjoerge Grimholt has been President & CEO of Wilhelmsen Ships Service since 2011. He has held a number of leadership positions in different parts of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding group since 2003. Prior to joining Wilhelmsen, Grimholt spent 7 years as manager and co-owner of a professional round-the-world yacht racing team. Grimholt was educated at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.