Avon Rubber has announced the appointment of Rob Rennie as its new CEO from 1 December 2015. CFO Andrew Lewis will take charge as interim CEO until Rob joins the group following Peter Slabbert's retirement on 30 September. Rob has significant international experience having held several senior roles with Invensys, where he was part of the executive committee that successfully sold Invensys to Schneider Electric in 2014.
Rob Rennie's appointment highlights how far Avon Rubber has come under its current management team over the past seven years. He brings with him a wealth of senior leadership experience at Invensys, latterly as president of the Energy Controls group, a division with annual sales of $400m. Following Invensys’ sale to Schneider Electric, Rob committed to remain with the company for a year and has shown his ability to grow customer- and technology-led businesses. His appointment and track record position him to continue Avon Rubber's growth path while leading the next stage of development.
Following Peter Slabbert's retirement on 30 September, Andrew Lewis will take charge as interim CEO until Rob joins the group. During this period, Sarah Matthews-DeMers will take responsibility for finance, highlighting the strength and depth of knowledge of the management team across the group. This is a key feature of its development over the last seven years and has been replicated across both divisions.