John began his career at British Aerospace where he held various systems and software engineering management positions. In 1990, he joined Smiths Industries where, as Managing Director of the Smiths Detection division, he was responsible for building a world leading transport, security and military detection systems business. Subsequently, he was appointed as Chief Executive of First Technology Group plc where he built up a substantial gas sensor and detection systems business prior to the company being acquired by Honeywell. Since 2008 until his retirement earlier this year, John served as Chief Executive of Synectics plc, an AIM quoted leader in the design, integration, control and management of advanced surveillance technology and networked security systems.
Commenting on the appointment, Graham Whitworth, Executive Chairman of Sprue said: “John has an impressive track record of building technology businesses of scale. Those successes reflect skills that will be particularly valuable to Sprue in the next phase of its development and the Board looks forward to working with John to help leverage the Group’s technology and market leading positions.”
In accordance with the statement made in the Company’s admission document published on 24 April 2014, the Company also announces that Peter Lawrence, who has served as a NonExecutive Director of the Company since 2001, has agreed to resign as a Director of the Company and not to seek re-election at the Company’s next annual general meeting due to be held in June 2015.