New man to take hot seat as Weir is stalked

Duncan Whyte has been appointed as the new chief executive of Weir Group the Glasgow-based engineer that last week fought off a takeover bid from US firm Flowserve. Whyte, executive director of Scottish Power, will join Weir on 1 June. Lord Weir, chairman of Weir Group, retired last month. He is succeeded by current chief […]

Duncan Whyte has been appointed as the new chief executive of Weir Group the Glasgow-based engineer that last week fought off a takeover bid from US firm Flowserve. Whyte, executive director of Scottish Power, will join Weir on 1 June.

Lord Weir, chairman of Weir Group, retired last month. He is succeeded by current chief executive Ron Garrick, who will be full-time chairman until the end of 1999, and then become non-executive chairman.

Day-to-day operations become the responsibility of David Dunbar (pump and engineering services) and Kevin Gamble (material handling, valves and other companies).

BTR Siebe has announced its new management team line up. Chief executives of the divisions are: George Sarney (intelligent automation), responsible for APV and Foxboro; Bruce Henderson (controls); Jim Swenson (industrial drive systems and equipment); John Thompson (automotive); and Tom Gutierrez (power systems). Philip Cox becomes vice-president, operational planning. All the appointees report to chief operating officer Jim Mueller.

Heinz Gerst is new managing director of Schenck following the retirement of John Norman. Gerst, who has been with the company for 22 years, spent over three years in Singapore in charge of most of the group’s Far Eastern business.

Engineering lobbying body Scottish Engineering has appointed Colin McIver as

its head of Scottish parliamentary affairs. McIver, a solicitor with 18 years’ experience, is an employment law specialist.

Claude Lobo, director of design at Ford’s small and medium car vehicle centre (SVC), is retiring after 32 years with the company. He played key roles in the development of cars from the Capri to the Focus.

Lobo will be replaced by Chris Bird, chief designer at the SVC studio since September 1998.

Former nuclear scientist Manfred Muller is to run Original Equipment (OE) for Bosch in the UK. Muller joined OE in 1986.

Ex-Tory environment minister Sir David Trippier joins the Camfil board as a non-executive director.

He was MP for Rossendale and Darwen from 1979 to 1992, and introduced the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.

Dr Alf Roberts is to succeed Dr John Williams as chief executive and secretary of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. Roberts, 53, has spent most of his career with the CEGB and Powergen.

Michael Rolls has been appointed managing director of Siemens Power Generation’s new power plants operation, which designs and builds power stations in the UK and supplies industrial steam turbines, power plant control and instrumentation systems. Rolls previously worked for Alstom as deputy vice-president of sales.

Charles Mackay and Mike Dearden have become non-executive directors of chemicals and engineering group Johnson Matthey. Mackay, formerly group chief executive of Inchcape, is now deputy chairman of Eurotunnel and of Thistle Hotels. Dearden is head of Burmah Castrol’s global lubricants business, and is a company board director.