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Hill joined Laird in 2001 and was appointed chief executive in 2002. He previously held senior management positions with BTR plc (subsequently Invensys plc), including head of Strategic Planning, director of Merger Integration and president of Invensys Air Systems. His early career was with international resources companies in southern Africa and the UK, and he was subsequently an executive director of Costain Group plc from 1992 to 1996.
Hill also served as a non-executive director of Oxford Instruments plc from 1999 to 2004, and a non-executive board member of UK Trade and Investment from 2005 to 2009. He holds bachelor’s of science and master’s of business administration degrees, and he is a Chartered Engineer. He was appointed CBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honors List for services to the engineering industry.
Wanecq joined the board as an executive director with effect from February 1, 2010. He is CEO of Cookson’s Ceramics Division, which trades under the Vesuvius and Foseco brand names and is the Group’s largest division. He has held this role since October 2005 and has led the successful integration of Foseco plc (acquired April 2008) into the Ceramics Division.
Prior to joining Cookson, Wanecq held a series of senior management roles at ArjoWiggins Group from 1995 to 2004. He was a board director of ArjoWiggins Appleton plc from 1999 to 2001, and he served as chairman of the management board of ArjoWiggins sas from 2001 to 2004. From 1985 to 1995, he was managing director of the technical ceramics division of Saint-Gobain SA, and he previously spent seven years with the French Ministry for Industry as head of the research and production department at the Oil and Gas Directorate. Wanecq is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.
Cookson’s website is located at www.cooksongroup.co.uk.