Textron fastens up Europe with Wilson

Peter Wilson (above) is to be president of Textron Fastening Systems (TFS) Europe in the new year. He will oversee from the UK 23 operations across Europe with 5,500 employees and revenues of £420m. Wilson has been president of Textron Turf Care and Speciality Products since Textron’s January acquisition of UK-based Ransomes, where he was […]

Peter Wilson (above) is to be president of Textron Fastening Systems (TFS) Europe in the new year. He will oversee from the UK 23 operations across Europe with 5,500 employees and revenues of £420m.

Wilson has been president of Textron Turf Care and Speciality Products since Textron’s January acquisition of UK-based Ransomes, where he was group chief executive.

Prior to joining Ransomes in 1993, Wilson held management posts at the offshore construction and automotive sectors of BTR and at Northumbrian Environment Management. Before that he worked at British Steel and Robert Jenkins.

Kevin Taylor has been appointed director of Whessoe Varec’s systems and gauging business. The new commercial unit brings together Whessoe Varec’s oil and gas tank gauging instrumentation and Scada systems integration products and services.

Taylor was previously systems manager at Whessoe Varec, which he joined from Davy McKee’s blast furnace control systems business.

Edouard Dupont-Madinier, chief executive of Onyx Environmental, has taken over as chairman of the Environmental Services Association from Nigel Sandy, managing director of Greenways Waste Management, who held the position for two years.

Michael Averill, group chief executive of Shanks & McEwan, has taken on the ESA chairmanship.

Sun Microsystems has promoted Hugh Aitken, managing director of European operations, to vice-president of European operations.

The British Electrical Systems Association, an independent association within the Beama federation (Federation of British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Associations) has appointed Alan Cooper technical co-ordinator. He succeeds Peter Howes, who has retired after ten years’ service with the association.

Jacky Vel is the new deputy general manager of Melles Griot Technical Optics of the Isle of Man. She was previously business development manager at the firm’s Cambridge operation.

First Engineering has made several appointments. In the rail division, Reg Kirton-Vaughan becomes director, maintenance, Ian McKail commercial director, maintenance and Colin Neil director, renewals. John Lyall becomes director, corporate development, Scotland and Birmingham; and Stephen Barber, former British Rail infrastructure director, is now director, corporate development, London and South.

In First’s consultancy and facilities division Iain Fell becomes managing director consultancy & facilities.