Accsys today announces that, having served on the Board for nearly 10 years, Patrick Shanley will step down as Chairman and from the Board following the Company’s Annual General Meeting in September 2020.
Accordingly, following an extensive process, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Odell as Chairman Designate, who will join the Board immediately after the announcement of Accsys’ full year results for the year ended 31 March 2020.
The Board believes that an orderly handover is essential to ensure that the business continues to deliver on its strategic aims, therefore, Stephen will initially join as a Non-Executive Director, before becoming Chairman immediately after the Annual General Meeting.
Stephen joins following 38 years of service at Ford Motor Company, including extensive Board and Chair positions. This included appointments as Chairman and Chief Executive of Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa, during which he led the transformation of the European operations and delivery of profitable growth through new product introduction, increased brand building and driving efficiencies across the operations.
He most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and oversaw these areas for all of Ford’s operations globally. During his time at Ford, Stephen worked across Ford’s operations globally including the USA, Asia and Europe, living overseas in multiple locations in order to lead Ford’s other historic brands, including Mazda, Jaguar and Volvo, where Stephen also acted as CEO. Accsys looks forward to utilising Stephen’s strategic insight and global experience as it delivers on its growth strategy.
Rob Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Accsys Technologies, commented:
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Patrick for his contribution and positive impact he has had on the growth and direction of Accsys over the years and we wish him all the best for the future. We are delighted to welcome Stephen to Accsys and his international experience will be a great asset as we move onto our next phase of growth.”
Stephen Odell, Chairman Designate commented:
“I am pleased to be joining Accsys at a time where the world is increasingly looking for sustainable products. I strongly believe that Accsys is well poised to seize this opportunity. I look forward to working closely with the Board and the executive team as Accsys continues to deliver its growth strategy and capitalise on the market opportunity ahead.”