Andrew Upton has been appointed to the newly-created position of deputy managing director of the group. Andrew joined the company as sales director in 2006 and for the last three years, as vice-president of Seaward Group USA, has been responsible for the successful development of the company’s Tampa, Florida operation and growing product sales in the USA.
In his new role, Andrew will take on responsibility for Seaward’s strategic business development and all commercial functions. He will work alongside Seaward’s managing director and founder Rod Taylor who will focus on company operations, finance and engineering.
In addition to Andrew’s new role, Dr Thomas Ying has been appointed to the Seaward board as director of engineering. Thomas has been with the company for 18 months as engineering manager and during this time he has been instrumental in introducing significant improvements to the company’s new product development and technology programmes.
Rod Taylor said: “I am delighted that both Andrew and Thomas have taken up their new positions. Both have already made important contributions to Seaward and their particular experience and expertise will continue to help drive the business forward over the coming years.
“In addition, their board-level responsibility for key activities will enable me to focus on other specific areas of the company’s corporate growth and development.”
Seaward is a market-leading manufacturer of test and measurement instruments, bringing together products under the Seaward, Clare, Cropico, Seaward Solar and Rigel brands for a wide range of electrotechnical applications.
The company employs 165 people and has been particularly successful in developing export market opportunities, with overseas sales now representing around 50-60% of annual turnover.