Friday, 22nd March 2013
Wrightbus have announced that John McLaughlin has been appointed as Managing Director.
An Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience, John McLaughlin was previously General Manager of the Northern Irish and Czech Republic operations of AVX, now part of the Kyocera Group, which saw him responsible for running operations with more than 2,000 employees, covering R&D, manufacturing and engineering.
As well as a Degree in Engineering, John McLaughlin (53) - who is married with 5 children - also has a Masters Degree in International Leadership from the University of Ulster. He takes over from Dermot Sterne, who has had to step down from the MD position for personal reasons, with immediate effect.
Commenting on the announcement, Group Managing Director Mark Nodder said, “John is a locally-based man who brings a huge amount of experience to the role. These are exciting times for Wrightbus and with our previously announced strategy and organisational structure in place he will, I am sure, be able to make an immediate contribution to the business.”
He added, “We had to reluctantly accept Dermot’s resignation but fully understand the reason behind his decision and wish him well for the future. That said, in John McLaughlin we have an outstanding successor.”
Wright Group Chairman Jeff Wright added, “John joins us as we are gearing up production for “New Bus for London” double decks, which will shortly be rolling off a dedicated line here in Ballymena. With our Euro 6 product programme ready in the wings, significant developments in our wider manufacturing capability and a number of interesting opportunities for Wrightbus International, there is real momentum right across the Group.”