Richard Cammish has been appointed Group CIO of Essentra plc, a FTSE 250 supplier of specialist plastic, fibres, foams and packaging to industry. Essentra has a diverse range of offerings from oil industry pipes to the filters for cigarettes and antiseptic wipes for healthcare.
Cammish joins Essentra following just over six years at Coats Group a historic manufacturer of threads and textiles for the clothing and footwear industry amongst others. Cammish said the new role has masses of opportunities “that is part of the attraction” and the CIO will be driving the technology transformation.
In joining Essentra Cammish is once again teaming up with CEO Paul Forman who was CEO at Coats Group from 2010 until late 2016. Cammish said he was flattered to be brought into Essentra by his old boss.
Forman was brought into head the turn around of Essentra which had to issue a profit warning in June 2017, its fourth. In a statement to the Financial Times Forman said part of the profit warning was due to “integration issues” in the business following 2016 as “a year of challenge and change”. Forman told the newspaper the challenges were capable of “reversal” and the CEO is clearly putting in place a team he has experience of to lead that turn around.
Forman said in January 2017 having just joined the business that he would make “sweeping changes”.
Cammish (pictured left) is highly experienced in manufacturing and supply chain sectors, before joining Coats Group he was Interim Global IT Director at beverage manufacturers Heineken, his second stint in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) having been IT Director for the famed chocolate business Cadbury from 2005 to 2009. In between sweets and beer Cammish was interim Procurement Director at Royal Mail for two years.
In a previous life Essentra was part of the Bunzl supply chain business which also appointed a new CIO in the UK earlier in the year. In recent years Essentra has grown through a series of acquisitions.