Sunderland chief to head the University for Industry

The University for Industry is to be headed by Dr Anne Wright, Sunderland University’s vice-chancellor and chief executive. She will take on the role of UfI chief executive-designate on 1 November. The UfI, which is part of the Government’s lifelong-learning initiative, is due to be opened in 2000. Anna Walker will be the new director […]

The University for Industry is to be headed by Dr Anne Wright, Sunderland University’s vice-chancellor and chief executive. She will take on the role of UfI chief executive-designate on 1 November. The UfI, which is part of the Government’s lifelong-learning initiative, is due to be opened in 2000.

Anna Walker will be the new director general for energy at the Department of Trade and Industry. Until recently she was deputy director general, having joined the DTI in 1975. She will take up her appointment at the end of September, replacing Jeffrey Preston, who will retire. She will be responsible for advising ministers on energy matters, including competition and the sectors’ reorganisation, and environmental issues. Her previous jobs at the DTI involved shipping policy, personnel and financial management and competition issues.

Sir Ivor Cohen will succeed John Gill on 1 September as chairman of Sira the Kent-based defence and space research and development organisation. From 1979 to 1987 Sir Ivor was managing director of electronics components manufacturer Mullard. He is a former Philips Electronics UK director and was a member of the information technology advisory panel under Margaret Thatcher and other government committees concerned with the electronics business.

Industrial controls specialist Siebe has appointed Philip Cox group finance director and chief financial officer. He replaces Roger Mann, who retires in December after 25 years with the group. Cox joined Siebe in 1989 as group controller and became deputy group finance director last year.

ABB, the international electrical engineering group, has appointed three new members to its executive committee as part of a wider restructuring of its global business. Kjell Almskog joins the group executive committee as head of the new oil, gas and petrochemicals division, while Jorgen Centerman heads the automation division. Both divisions were formerly part of the industrial and building systems division, which has been split into three, the third leg being products and contracting. Jan Roxendal joins the executive committee as head of financial services, whose structure is unchanged. All three will hold the title of executive vice-president.

Eberhard von Koerber, Howard Pierce and Sune Carlsson are standing down from the executive committee. Koerber and Pierce were the heads, respectively, of ABB’s Europe and Americas regional organisations, which are being dissolved as part of the restructuring. Koerber and Pierce will retain chairmanships in the ABB group but Carlsson, head of the former industrial and building systems segment, is leaving to pursue other professional interests.

Doncasters, the Derbyshire engineering group, has appointed Richard Shacklady as director of operations in Europe. He was formerly chairman of Triplex, the automotive division of Triplex Lloyd, acquired by Doncasters in January.

Ron Kennett has retired as director of the Royal Aeronautical Society after 10 years, being succeeded by Keith Mans, MP for Wyre from 1987 97 and an RAF flight-lieutenant who flew Vulcans and Canberras. He was the first chairman of the Parliamentary Aerospace Group.