Seaward Electronic is setting its sights on further market growth with the appointment of a new chief executive.
Electronics industry specialist Chris Callan takes up the role after building a highly successful career working with businesses around the UK and in the USA.
Since graduating as an electronics and software engineer, Chris has gained widespread experience in business development, product management and executive roles in the medical, automotive and telecoms markets. Most recently he was vice-president and general manager of an international components and test equipment manufacturer in the aviation sector.
In taking up his position at Seaward, Chris believes there are considerable opportunities for the company to build on its successful market presence, both in the UK and overseas, and is targeting further growth for the company with the introduction of new products and services.
He comments: “I am delighted to be joining Seaward and I am very excited about the future potential of the business. The company’s strong reputation and international success were major attractions for me and I am looking forward to working with everyone to continue to grow and take the business forward.
“In particular, the company’s commitment to technical innovation and development will remain a key priority as we look to expand the product range, develop new applications and secure a bigger market share.
“To help us achieve this ambition, we will be investing strongly in the company’s renowned engineering capabilities and by putting product integrity and new technology at the heart of everything we do.”
The County Durham-based Seaward, with an office in Tampa, Florida serving the USA, employs around 160 people and is a market leading manufacturer of electronic test and measurement instruments used in a wide variety of electrical, medical, industrial and energy sector applications.
In 2015 Seaward became part of Metrawatt’s GMC Instrumentation Group, a collaboration of separate specialist test equipment manufacturing businesses based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Dr Hans-Peter Opitz, of GMC-Instruments GmbH, says: “We would like to welcome Chris to Seaward and very much looking forward to working with him.
“We believe the strengthening of the management team with this new appointment will provide the basis for the successful further development of both Seaward and the group for the benefit of our international customer base.”
By becoming CEO, Chris Callan takes over from interim managing director Tom Talbot who will stay with Seaward as chief operating officer.