SMD is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Hodgson as Chief Executive Officer. Andrew qualified as an accountant and gained a Masters in Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He spent his earlier career in engineering with companies including British Steel, British Aerospace and Airbus. Prior to his appointment, Andrew was with Spirit Aerosystems which manufactured fuselage and wings for Airbus and Boeing.
Andrew commented "Whether developing the world largest passenger aircraft, building a Steelworks in Korea or creating a new sub sea mining machine the challenges are the same. It is about thorough knowledge of the technology, knowing how to bring it together and understanding the business case for the customer.
"SMD is an excellent company operating in some very exciting markets. We have been growing at around 30% per annum and this is set to continue in 2009.
"Our new ownership will allow us to follow our strategy of supporting our customers globally on a customer driven basis.
"We are a solutions based company and we share our learning from specials to work class and vice versa giving us an edge in practical application. We take full ownership of all aspects of our offering giving turnkey solutions.
"We will continue investing in the world's best engineers to bring ever more opportunities to our customers."