Nick Salmon, chief executive of the Babcock International engineering group, is to leave the company in May to return to GEC-Alsthom as managing director of the power generating division.
Dr John Parker, executive chairman, will step in temporarily until a replacement can be found.
Finance director Erik Porter is also to leave when he retires at the end of the year.
Salmon, 44, will succeed Kelvin Bray, who will take up the post of chairman for GEC-Alsthom in the UK.
Salmon originally joined GEC in 1988 – after 11 years with the China Light and Power Co in Hong Kong – and worked for GEC-Alsthom until 1993, his last position being deputy managing director of the gas turbine and diesel division.
* John Blakeley, corporate services director at Glynwed International, has taken over responsibility for the engineering group’s merger and acquisition strategy. These duties were part of the role of Bernard Doyle, group operations director, who died in October.
Neville Bain, chief executive of textile firm Coats Viyella, has resigned after more than six years with the company and will leave in May. He is to be replaced by Micheal Ost, chief executive at plastics group McKechnie.
Michael Roe (below) has joined RFS, the Doncaster-based locomotive manufacturer, as head of engineering. A chartered engineer, Roe was previously at British Rail in Derby where he was involved in the initial development work leading to the privatisation of BR’s Railtest division.
James Dyson, chairman of Dyson Appliances, the designer and manufacturer of the Dyson Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner, the ball-barrow and the Sea Truck, has been appointed to the Design Council, for a two-year term.
Kevin Turnbull, managing director of Toad Innovations, principal operating subsidiary of Toad, the vehicle technology company, and fellow board member Iain Brown have left the company.
Peter Watson, chief executive of AEA Technology, the science and engineering business, has been appointed a non-executive director of Fairey, the electronics and engineering group.
* Ken Smith is DA Stuart Oil Group’s new European drawn and ironed process manager. He joined the UK lubricant specialist from Pacific Can, Hong Kong, where he was responsible for organising the start-up of its new can plant in Beijing. Before that he was at Metal Box for 20 years. David Lindsay, who formerly worked on automotive paints for ICI, has been appointed laboratory manager.