Chris Abbott was appointed CEO - BRUSH Group April 2017. Prior to joining BRUSH, he held several Senior Industrial and Executive positions with Schlumberger & Vesuvius Plc. From 2008 - 2016 he held the position of Business President – Flow Control Division at Vesuvius Plc where his broad multinational management experience allowed him to operate within a range of diverse International settings. He completed an Engineering apprenticeship with the Wolseley Group whilst studying Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies at the Birmingham City University. Chris is based in the UK and is a British citizen.
Finance Director BRUSH Group
Nicolas Pitrat was appointed Group Finance Director in August 2019. Prior to joining BRUSH, Nicolas worked with Ernst & Young, GE and Johnson Matthey; during his 13 years with GE, he held a number of Finance positions across the Commercial Finance, Aviation and Oil & Gas divisions, including Finance integration manager for the Wellstream acquisition and Commercial Finance Leader for the Subsea business, based in France, Belgium and the UK. Most recently, Nicolas was European Finance Director for the Clean Air division of Johnson Matthey, overseeing 5 manufacturing sites and 2 R&D centres. Nicolas brings an extensive multinational experience, and holds a degree from ESSEC business school in France. He is based in the UK and a French citizen.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Ben joined BRUSH as Group General Counsel in August 2013. He was appointed as Company Secretary in August 2015 and became part of the BRUSH Executive Team in January 2016. Prior to joining BRUSH, Ben spent five years at LINPAC Group, a global packaging business, as Senior Legal Counsel. Ben trained and practised as a corporate lawyer spending 8 years in private practice with Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and Gateley Plc. Ben went to Nottingham Law School.
Marco Van Schaik
Executive Sales Director
Marco van Schaik, Executive Sales Director since June 2017, joined BRUSH in November 2014 as Aftermarket Sales Director EMEA. Prior to joining BRUSH, Marco spent 6 years at Elliott Turbomachinery, a centrifugal compressors and steam turbine OEM from Pittsburgh as Regional Sales Manager EMEA and Alliance Manager. Starting his professional career over 25 years ago as an Application & Tendering Engineer, he gradually progressed in roles with growing depth and width in Sales and Business Development in equipment- and service sales with reputable equipment OEMs in the Power Generation and Oil & Gas industries. Marco holds a master’s degree in Operational Technology and Controls, an MBA degree and 6-Sigma Black Belt in DMEDI and DMAIC methodology. Marco is based in Switzerland and holds dual (Swiss, Dutch) citizenship.
Group HR Director
Christian Lordereau was appointed Group Human Resources Director in January 2018. Prior to joining BRUSH, Christian worked twelve years for Crown Packaging where he held several Senior HR positions such as European Industrial Relations Director and Speciality Packaging Europe, both based in France and Switzerland. He most recently worked for Esterline (Aerospace & Defence based in Bellevue, WA) as VP HR for the Sensors and Systems Segment covering 25 sites in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Christian trained as a lawyer at Paris University of Pantheon-Assas. He is based in the UK and is a French and British citizen.
Chief Technology Officer
Günter Halfar was appointed Group Chief Technology Officer in September 2018. Prior to joining BRUSH, Günter held various senior Technology roles within Siemens, 3M and GE, where his most recent positions were Country Technical Director and Senior Innovation Leader. Günter has wide experience in R&D, Organisational & Project management across diverse portfolios within the Power Generation, Mining & Transportation markets. Günter has a Master‘s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University and in addition holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg. Günter is based in Plzen, Czech Republic and is a German Citizen.
Operations Director, BRUSH UK
Graeme Peck was appointed Operations Director, BRUSH Generators in March 2017. Having joined BRUSH Electrical Machines Ltd in 2011, Graeme was appointed Controls Manager for BRUSH Group and promoted to BRUSH UK Head of Operations, covering Manufacturing, SHEQ, Engineering and Purchasing in 2016. Prior to moving into Industrial Power Generation, he held senior managerial positions with STADCO Automotive and METZELER APS, both Tier 1 Automotive businesses. He completed an Operations Management Apprenticeship with Colbro Imperial Holdings whilst studying Business Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Graeme is based in Loughborough, UK and is a British citizen.
Managing Director, BRUSH Americas Services
Jim Chrise joined the BRUSH Group in 2017 as Managing Director for BRUSH Services Americas in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to BRUSH, Jim had a 32-year career at Bayer in the company’s Polymers sector, now Covestro AG, with 19 years in roles of increasing responsibility in engineering and manufacturing in both the US and Germany and more recently 13 years in business general leadership roles in the US. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and completed an Executive MBA program at the University of Notre Dame.
Managing Director, HGI Generators
Stuart was appointed Managing Director of HGI in February 2019. Prior to joining Stuart has held the position of EMEA Sales Director and UK Managing Director for Tennant Company. As well as commercial experience Stuart has extensive leadership and business transformation experience in a variety of Operations roles including 8 years in manufacturing with Pepsico and 3 years field operations with ATS Euromaster. Stuart began his career in the aggregates industry and holds a degree in Quarry and Road Surface Engineering from Leeds University. Stuart is a UK citizen and lives in the Peak District.
Managing Director, BRUSH Switchgear & BRUSH Transformers
Duncan Crossland was appointed Managing Director of the BRUSH Transformer & BRUSH Switchgear businesses in January 2020. Prior to joining Duncan was the CEO of Siemens Distribution Transformers. A former Technician Apprentice, Duncan brings over 25 years’ experience in the power industry and has worked for global players ABB & Siemens as well as independent manufacturers in the UK. Duncan held management positions in the UK and global management positions during his time with ABB and has detailed knowledge of the UK and global markets for the Power Distribution sector. Duncan is a UK citizen and lives in Yorkshire.