Bridon boosts leadership team with three key board-level hires

June 2012 - International ropemaker Bridon has announced the appointment of three new Directors to its Executive Board, installing heavyweight newcomers in the CFO, MD, Asia, and MD, North America roles. The move is set to strengthen the company’s senior team as it seeks to establish a technology leadership position across its global markets.

Entering the company as Managing Director of Bridon American Corporation (BAC) is former Navy Seal Chris Dugan, who has served for the last 5 years as General Manager of Cooper Interconnect, a supplier of electrical products to the industrial, mining, and oil and gas sectors. While at Cooper, Dugan managed a global sales force and engineering team and oversaw six factories in the USA and Mexico. Dugan was handpicked by Bridon for his experience growing a company with a global footprint, which will be relevant as Bridon expands in South America, as well as his experience in building the technological capacity of a major manufacturing business.

The company’s new Managing Director for Asia is Ivan Ng, who joins Bridon from Sundyne Asia, a manufacturer of pumps and compressors for the fluid and process industries (including oil & gas, water treatment, and construction). Sundyne Asia is a United Technologies company where he served as General Manager. Ng has held several senior regional management positions in Asia, including BD Director at Reynolds Metals Inc. and General Manager in Schott Asia. He brings a range of experience to the role, having managed factory operations and sales and marketing for the last 20 years and across a number of industrial businesses.

Bridon’s new Chief Financial Officer Graham Hardcastle comes to the company after an 18 year career with Smiths Group PLC, which was followed by four years as Smith and Nephew’s CFO of Global Operations. Hardcastle has extensive experience of senior finance roles, having spent 5 years as the Finance Director of Smiths’ Specialty Engineering Division and 2 years as the Finance Director of its Medical Division. He trained as an accountant at Arthur Young.

The new appointments will strengthen Bridon’s hand as it seeks to solidify its global technology leadership position. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Jon Templeman, the company is on schedule to open a state of the art factory in Newcastle, UK, that will produce the largest and most complex ropes in the world; a move that has already caught the attention of global operators across Bridon’s key markets. It also plans to open a Technology Centre in Doncaster later this year that will significantly enhance its testing and New Product Development capabilities.

Bridon International Chief Executive Jon Templeman said:

“With the imminent launch of the Bridon Neptune Quay facility, which will produce the largest and most complex ropes in the world, our new Directors join Bridon at a crucial time for the company. The expertise, experience and leadership that Chris, Ivan and Graham will bring to our senior team will be instrumental in realizing Bridon’s vision of global technology leadership across our key markets”.