July/ August 2020

Hallite has appointed a global technical director and a commercial director as part of the company’s commitment to continued growth, leadership, and innovation in hydraulic cylinder sealing solutions for the fluid power industry. The appointments were made at the company’s Hampton, UK location. Andrew Iddeson joined Hallite at the beginning of 2019 as a technical head and was recently named the company’s global technical director. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 24 years’ experience in advanced fluoropolymer and thermoplastic materials. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading Hallite’s product development strategy and coordinating the work of a geographically dispersed and technically adept engineering team. Leigh Gibbs was promoted to the role of commercial director after 23 years of working for Hallite in numerous technical and commercial roles. His background includes PCL has welcomed Dean Battersby to its team at the company’s UK HQ in Sheffield. Battersby takes over the reins as operations director from Mark McCaughey, who has retired after 30 years of service. Having worked for multi-national companies servicing the automotive, aerospace and rail industries, Battersby brings to PCL over 22 years’ executive experience in manufacturing, operations, procurement, logistics and product management. He holds an BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering and Business and has an impressive track record in strategy development and implementation, with extensive experience in establishing global supply chains to accommodate increasing levels of customer service. Battersby previously served two years at the mechanical and pneumatic conveying systems company Schenck Process UK Ltd. The opportunity was a big draw since he had known of PCL’s reputation since he was a 16-year-old Mechanical Engineering apprentice at Dormer Tools. He comments: “I’m very passionate about keeping manufacturing in Sheffield and want to do what I can to maintain that. I’ve known about PCL ever since I started work. They have a good pedigree and a good name, not only for the quality products and processes, and the desire to continually improve products and innovation – but also for the company’s culture and how it treats its people.” Battersby’s immediate focus will be on lean manufacturing and developing innovation, taking the positives out of adaptions made to navigate business around the worldwide pandemic. Finance director Roz Shepherd comments: “We are excited to have someone of Dean’s calibre join us on the board of directors and as part of the PCL family and wider team. He has an incredible breadth of experience which we are confident will help take us forward into a new and successful chapter of development for both PCL and our customers.” New operations director at PCL Doosan Bobcat EMEA has announced a long-planned business expansion in Poland, with the appointment of Adrian Winnicki as district manager. In this new role, Winnicki will cover business development for the Bobcat brand in Poland, taking over from David Hubik, district manager Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Hubik will continue to lead business efforts in other CEE countries. Winnicki provides a wide range of expertise in the construction and machinery business. With over 10 years’ experience, including various positions within the Doosan Group, he is a significant addition to the Bobcat management team as the company aims to develop its business in Poland. Winnicki will be based in Wroclaw, supporting key customers and Bobcat dealers. Among his main tasks will be further development of the dealer network in Poland to cover all key business opportunities. This includes further increasing market share in areas such as Bobcat telescopic handlers and a higher focus on some specific markets, such as the highly competitive agriculture market. Winnicki will report to regional director & vice president sales & marketing, Roy Haaker, who is based at Doosan Bobcat EMEA headquarters in Dobris in the Czech Republic. Winnicki gained most of his experience during his career at Doosan Infracore, where he was responsible for product management and sales of articulated dump trucks – heavy vehicles for the construction and mining industry. He started as a test engineer in the R&D department in Norway, before moving on to various management positions to finally cover the whole of the Europe region. Winnicki studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology in Wroclaw. He is currently looking to add to his expertise with a Management Business Administration qualification from the Economic University of Wroclaw. Hallite strengthens its technical and commercial bench Doosan Bobcat expands in Poland with district manager appointment www.hpmag.co.uk HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2020 141 NEW FACES work as a materials testing engineer, development engineer, customer support engineer, and customer service manager. For the past four years, he has served as Hallite’s commercial manager, where he is responsible for inside sales and technical sales support. His new role adds responsibility for outside sales and managing the Hampton sales team. Left: Andrew Iddeson and Right: Leigh Gibbs. Dean Battersby. Adrian Winnicki.