ACR Electronics confirms leadership appointments

Source: press release, 2 April 2019

From left, James Hewitt, General Manager, Ocean Signal and UML and Neil Doorley, Director of Operations, Ocean Signal and UML
From left, James Hewitt, General Manager, Ocean Signal and UML and Neil Doorley, Director of Operations, Ocean Signal and UML (photos: Ocean Signal)

ACR Electronics, Inc. has confirmed two key leadership appointments for its brands Ocean Signal and United Moulders Limited (UML) to support the continued globalisation and integration of the businesses.

James Hewitt, previously Director of Sales for ACR and Ocean Signal products in the EMEA and APAC regions, has been promoted to General Manager, Ocean Signal and UML. In his new role, James is responsible for maintaining the success of the brands, in conjunction with developing and implementing strategic initiatives that deliver sustainable profitable growth for ACR Electronics.

Reporting directly to ACR Electronics President John Nguyen, James will spearhead the ACR Electronics European Land and Marine (L&M) Leadership Team in support of the Global L&M team.

John Nguyen says, “James is a strong leader with an excellent track record of delivering results and building teams. He has been managing the sales and marketing efforts for Ocean Signal since 2011 and was promoted to Director of Sales for ACR and Ocean Signal in May 2018 to assist the global integration of our businesses. He has earned great respect from his customers as well as his extended ACR and Ocean Signal team and I am looking forward to working with him in his newly expanded role.”

Reporting to Hewitt, experienced operational and strategic change manager Neil Doorley joins the company as Director of Operations, Ocean Signal and UML. His responsibilities include the operational management at Ocean Signal’s headquarters in Margate, UK, and at UML’s current contract manufacturer in Košice, Slovakia. In addition, Neil will manage the Quality Management System (QMS) at UML and develop and implement a robust QMS at Ocean Signal. Bringing a strong background in organisational development and corporate planning, he has led major improvement programmes in a wide range of industries.

Also reporting to James are Simon Nolan, Chief Technical Officer – Global Land and Marine; John Perrins, Managing Director – UML; Loraine Griffiths, Finance and Administration Manager – Ocean Signal and UML; Steve Moore, Product Manager – Ocean Signal.

John Nguyen adds, “We are looking forward to these organisational changes with great optimism and we are confident that the ACR, Ocean Signal and UML family will continue to prosper. By combining our expertise and quality brands, we can stay at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing a complete line of innovative life-saving products, supplying customers all over the world with our reliable devices and equipment.”