The chief executive officer of Staffordshire-based precision engineering group Doncasters Group has announced his retirement.
Eric J. Lewis will be succeeded by Bill Ellis, who joined the group as chief operating officer in November 2008, but will remain on Doncasters’ board as a non-executive director.
Since joining Doncasters as CEO in 2001, Eric has overseen significant growth across the group. It is now recognised around the globe as a world-class supplier to the aerospace, power generation and specialty automotive markets, and its annual turnover has increased to more than $1.2billion.
Mr Ellis has a strong track record in the precision engineering sector, moving to the UK to join Doncasters in 2008 following four years as president of Textron Fluid and Power and is already a member of the group’s board. He was previously vice president of Textron Six Sigma and Transformation as well as vice president of Integrated Supply Chain for Textron Fastening Systems.
Prior to joining Textron, Bill spent 10 years at General Electric. A former Captain in the US Army, he was a trained aircraft maintenance and logistics officer and holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Science.
Jim Leng, chairman of Doncasters Group, said: ”Eric has achieved a tremendous amount during his time at the helm and leaves the group in a strong position, with a robust order book and record financial results during 2008. We wish him a long and happy retirement.
“We are also delighted that Bill Ellis is to succeed Eric as CEO. He has a wealth of experience in the engineering sector and a strong track record of improving business performance. As we move into challenging economic times, his experience optimising business performance will be invaluable.”