People on the move

Glynwed chief stands down

Bruce Ralph, chief executive of Glynwed International, the consumer products, pipe-systems and metals group, is to stand down from the board next year.

Since joining Glynwed in 1993 from Dowty Group, Ralph has led a strategic refocusing of the group from six divisions into its present three core areas.

Ralph will be succeeded by Tony Wilson who was appointed finance director last September, a position he will keep until a new finance director is appointed.

Wilson comes from Glynwed’s former steels and engineering division – now metals processing – which he joined in 1974. He progressed within the division, becoming managing director in 1993.

Gareth Davies, Glynwed chairman, also plans to retire from the group next year. Davies has been with the group since 1957, when he joined as an accountant. He became group finance director in 1969 and achieved joint chief executive and chairman status in 1986, until the role was split in 1993.

The board changes are the latest in a series over the past year. David Milne, finance director, retired eight months ago at the same time as company secretary, Ian Shearman, who has been replaced by Deryck Solomon.

Following the death of group operations manager Bernard Doyle last October, John Blakeley, corporate services director, has assumed his duties.

* United Industries, the specialist engineering group, has appointed Roy Freeland, the group general manager of Bowthorpe, as its chief executive. Freeland takes over from Tom Brown, who resigned in February.

The new chief executive was appointed by Ken Coates, United Industries’ chairman. Coates also serves as chairman of Meggitt, where Freeland has worked previously as divisional managing director.

BMW Rolls-Royce, the jointly owned company that manufactures BR715 turbofan engines for regional aircraft, has appointed a successor to chairman Albert Schneider, who retires in August. Dr Klaus Nittinger, chief executive of Lufthansa Operations division, will take over.

Barry Wood, the managing director of Celab, a small company that makes power conversion products for the communications industry, is to be the new president of the Federation of the Electronics Industry.

Wood is the first director of a small company to hold the one-year post, which reflects a desire by the FEI to raise the profile of small companies, due in part to their 80% dominance of the federation’s membership. Wood replaces Keith Chapple, managing director of Intel UK.

Desford Tubes, the steel-tube manufacturer based in the East Midlands and owned by the Hay Hall Group, has made its former finance director John Winchester managing director.

The appointment follows the move by Tony Rodger to chief executive of the parent group, formed in the 1960s as a management buyout from the TI Group.

Before returning to Desford, Winchester was managing director of Chesterfield Cylinders, which makes high pressure gas cylinders.