Aqualisa has appointed Mat Norris as chief executive officer. As part of a planned succession, Norris will replace Colin Sykes, who has held the position since 2018. Sykes will remain as a non-executive director and strategic advisor to the business until December, focusing on the company’s international expansion, at which point he will semi-retire and focus on other non-executive roles.
With an extensive career in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, Norris brings a wealth of experience from leadership roles at Ford Motor Company, Philips and most recently, ventilation firm Titon Holdings plc, where he served as UK CEO. Norris will work closely with Aqualisa chairman Kevin Sargeant, and will lead a senior management team of eight specialist executives.
Kevin Sargeant, chairman of Aqualisa, said: “Mat’s vast expertise from within the manufacturing and technical engineering industries, combined with his significant leadership track record and visionary approach, positions him perfectly to accelerate Aqualisa to the next level in its journey of growth.”
Sargeant added: “I would like to thank Colin Sykes for his significant contribution to the business over the last five years, and for his ongoing commitment and support through this period of transition.”
Mat Norris said: “Aqualisa has a strong heritage of innovating shower technologies, and the team clearly takes great pride in ensuring our customers enjoy the ultimate showering experience. I am thrilled to be joining our 260 dedicated team members at such a pivotal chapter in the organisation’s history, and I look forward to working with the outstanding management team that Colin has established at Aqualisa. My mission is to accelerate our innovation strategy, while ensuring operational excellence and the agility to meet our long-term growth, profitability and sustainability objectives. I am also eager to continue to build upon the valued relationships we have developed with our loyal customer, client and installer network in the UK, and internationally.”