Agriculture and engineering group appoints chief executive

Hugh Pelham, Carr’s Group

Agriculture and engineering group Carr’s has appointed Hugh Pelham as its new chief executive.

He will replace Tim Davies, who has led the Carlisle-headquartered company since 2013.

Carr’s was founded in 1831 and now has 1,300 staff across the world, including sites in the United States and Germany.

Pelham will join Carr’s in January while Davies will remain for a short handover period to ensure a smooth transition.

Carr’s chairman Peter Page said: “He is a first-rate business executive with a track record of consistently delivering top and bottom-line growth at both privately-owned and publicly listed businesses.

“From scaling founder-owned enterprises to leading swift and decisive turnarounds, Hugh’s considerable experience will be of real value when leading a business as diverse as Carr’s.”

Pelham brings more than 30 years’ experience in leading growing businesses across various sectors. He joins from manufacturer Minova, where he is global president, and previously spent four years as managing director of Wood Group Industrial Services.

Pelham said: “The company is steeped in technology and innovation across both agriculture and engineering which, together with its market-leading brands, provides a strong platform for driving growth and increasing profitability.”