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COO appointed in new role at UK foundry

Renowned engineering specialist, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, has appointed a chief operating officer (COO) in a newly created role.

Following the appointment of David Bond as CEO and Stephen Hammell as CFO, Paul Cahill joins from Rolls Royce PLC (Civil Aerospace Division) where he worked as transformation executive, taking up the latest position on the board of directors at the 200-year-old engineering company.

Chartered engineer Paul (53), from Ashbourne in Derbyshire, takes a primary position at Forgemasters, working with existing management to improve the operational and financial performance of the business, establish growth and further secure the company’s future.

David Bond, chief executive officer at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul Cahill onto the board at Forgemasters as we further strengthen the senior management team.

“The role of COO is a new position and places Paul as a key figure, working alongside myself, Stephen Hammell and the existing management to transform the business and create a stable platform for growth.”

Starting out as a student apprentice at Rover Group in 1983, Paul Cahill has more than 30 years of experience in a range of aerospace and automotive manufacturing and business leadership roles, including the manufacture of Harrier Jump Jets for BAE Systems. 

He joins from Rolls-Royce after ten-years, where his responsibilities were split between managing a group of factories making critical rotating parts – and subsequently leading a successful worldwide programme to transform the operational footprint of the civil aerospace business.

Cahill said: “I’m attracted to Sheffield Forgemasters because it is a truly iconic brand with some very talented and dedicated people, coupled with some globally unique manufacturing capabilities. Its importance to our defence industry and to global civil nuclear markets makes it a very strategic business in which to work. 

“I’m looking forward to helping to improve the operational and financial performance of the business and looking further ahead, I want us to grow the business and to ensure that it is in good shape for generations to come.”

A pioneer of skilled apprenticeships, the company has recently confirmed the appointment of 28 apprentices, its largest intake to date.