Chemicals and metals business Johnson Matthey has appointed Paul Coby as CIO. The FTSE 100 business confirmed the appointment of former British Airways and John Lewis Partnership CIO to the Horizon CIO podcast.
Johnson Matthey has five operating divisions specialising in Emission Control Technologies, where it makes catalytic converters for car manufacturers and industry; Process technologies; Precious Metals, Fine Metals and a rapidly growing battery business.
The business was originally a gold refiner for the Bank of England in London and has grown through merger and acquisition into its new areas.
Coby completed his career with retailer John Lewis in April. He joined John Lewis in March 2011, initially as IT Director having been CIO for British Airways from 2009 until 2011. Coby has been an influential CIO in the travel sector, sitting on the board of air travel technology specialist SITA, cross channel ferry operator P&O Ferries and OnBoard a Swiss in-flight technology supplier.
Coby is joining Johnson Matthey at an exciting time in the businesses history. In 2017 the business announced plans to invest £200 million in commercialising lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) as a cathode material. This cathode material has a far higher energy density that existing technologies, which makes it ideal for batteries in electric cars. In January 2018 the investment community rallied behind Johnson Matthey as it clamours for battery success.
Johnson Matthey has operations in more than 30 countries and operated 43 major manufacturing sites in places such as South Africa, Macedonia, USA and China.