Textiles group hires new CEO to spearhead global expansion plans

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TEXTILES GROUP Camira has hired a new chief executive from the Dutch multinational AkzoNobel.

Grant Russell, who spent nearly 30 years with the speciality coatings and chemicals manufacturer, will take over from Steve Bullas, who will become chairman.

Camira is a market leading, international textile manufacturer and distributor. The privately-owned group manufactures 8 million metres of contract fabrics a year which are sold in 80 countries worldwide.

Its main markets are commercial office interiors, education, healthcare, and public transport, with customers including the BBC, HSBC, PwC, Google and Transport for London.

The group operates more than 500,000 sq ft of manufacturing at four locations in Huddersfield, a technical knitting plant in Nottingham, and an overseas manufacturing facility in Lithuania.

Local warehousing and distribution is located in North America, China, and Australia, with a wide network of international sales offices, agents and distributors.

The group’s last set of financial results, for the year ended December 2014, saw turnover reach a record £68m with best ever earnings of £7.4m.

Mr Russell joins Camira after most recently heading up AkzoNobel’s wood finishes and adhesives business, growing annual sales to around £600m.

His appointment at Camira is part of the textile group’s long-term succession planning and global business development strategy, which is targeting £100m turnover by 2020.

Mr Russell said: “This is a great business which has made textile design and manufacture innovative, exciting and relevant to the 21st century global business model.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic organisation, and leading the business on the next stage of its global development as we consolidate our position in core European markets and ramp up our expansion in North America and Asia Pacific.”