First Graphene Limited (ASX:FGR) announces the appointment of Michael Bell as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive global search. Mr. Bell is an engineer and senior executive with extensive global business growth experience. Mr. Bell replaces Managing Director Craig McGuckin, who will retire at the end of this month after eight years with the Company.
With more than 20 years’ experience in engineering and business management, Mr Bell has significant international experience driving business growth. He comes to First Graphene from Singapore-based ST Engineering Group where he serves as Senior Vice-President.
Mr Bell has also held roles as Director for Navman Wireless, a global Telematics company which was acquired by the Danaher Corporation, and as General Manager with Singapore-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr Bell said the First Graphene was at a pivotal stage in its development.
“I am pleased to be joining the Company at an exciting stage in its growth,” Mr Bell said.
“There is significant global potential for graphene as manufacturers start to understand its applications and the PureGRAPH® product is extremely well placed to leverage those opportunities.”
First Graphene Chairman Warwick Grigor thanked Mr McGuckin and said Mr Bell’s credentials of achieving sustained commercial growth across global markets were compelling.
“Craig has been instrumental in establishing First Graphene as the world’s leading graphene supplier, and we thank him for his innovation, vision, leadership and enthusiasm in building the Company to its current world-class standard,” Mr Grigor said.
“After an extensive global search to identify the right person to build on the Company’s successes to date, we are excited to welcome Michael to take the reins.”
“With the company now poised to capitalise on significant global opportunities, Michael will offer invaluable insights that we believe will help accelerate significant sales growth across a broad range of industries and applications.”
Mr Bell will commence with First Graphene during Q1 2021.