Building interim experience and expertise
My next assignment was to turnaround, sell or shut down a small subsidiary of a UK group designing and selling noise control equipment and systems. New contract gestation times were such that recovery was not an option; I was able to sell the business, preserving jobs and transferring most liabilities.
Further assignments came in the telecoms sector (bringing structure and opening up new customers), medical equipment (recovering service operations) and precision equipment (accelerating product development).
My first international interim assignment came in 2001, when I was appointed to sort out a factory in France that had lost control of its processes and was expected to miss its mid-year sales targets. Under my leadership, operations were recovered and the targets achieved.
In 2003 I got my first international Interim Managing Director role to begin the turnaround of a capital equipment company in Germany. This was followed by a similar role based in Denmark.
In 2007, I got my first interim assignment in Asia as an Interim Project Director to recover a large and complicated material handing project that had major functionality issues, was running late and over budget. The second phase of the project came in three days ahead of contract on a 25 week programme. I was the last person off site, having cleared all open issues and settled all claims. Further Asia based assignments have followed and include an extended cross border assignment transferring technology from a German business to a China State Owned Enterprise (SOE).