Appointment of new CEO

Thursday 26 April 2018

Mr Robert J Cooper is to retire as Chief Executive Officer of Harland and Wolff Group PLC and Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited following a 44-year career with the company.  He has been CEO since February 2003 and steps down on 30th April 2018.

Mr Jonathan Guest, currently Director of Business Development and Improvement for Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Harland and Wolff Group PLC and Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited, with effect from Tuesday 1st May 2018.

Robert J Cooper began his career at Harland and Wolff as an accountant in April 1974.  He rose through the ranks of the firm during a time of great transition including the privitisation of the company and its purchase by Norwegian stock exchange listed Fred.Olsen Energy AS.  Robert has been acknowledged as the CEO who returned H&W to profit through a successful strategy of diversification, leading the firm into the renewable energy sector, design engineering and the growth of the ship repair and conversion business.

Jonathan holds an Honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and an MBA from the University of Ulster and is commercially focused with strong financial analysis and business growth experience.  A fellow of the Institute of Directors, Jonathan has achieved their Diploma in Company Direction and in 2011 won the Institute's coveted "Global Director of the Year" award.

Robert says he is delighted that Jonathan has agreed to succeed him.  "Jonathan Guest has ably fulfilled the role of Director of Business Development and Improvement at Harland and Wolff for the past 4 years.  He is a major asset and the company is in very good hands.  The role of CEO of Harland and Wolff comes with huge responsibilities which go beyond our immediate existence as a successful and innovative engineering firm.  The brand is known throughout the world and I know he will provide excellent leadership for the team at Harland and Wolff, which is now in its 158th year."

Jonathan Guest says he is very proud to take on the task.  "I have been involved with Harland and Wolff from the earliest stages of my career and I cannot express how delighted I am to take charge of this magnificent company.  Robert J Cooper has left a legacy of stability, innovative spirit and a can-do approach which has benefited us highly.  He took some very tough decisions during his career to assure the continuing survival and eventual success of the company and I intend to continue his good work."

Media contacts:

Karen Fitzsimmons, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd, tel. 028 9053 4103

Joris Minne, Jcomms Ltd, tel. 07876 218 978