Operations Executive

The Operations Executive is responsible for leading the organisation. Together the team develops strategy, implements our plans and ensures we run the business effectively. We meet monthly to discuss the business and drive collaboration. The strength of this team derives from a diverse range of personal and functional skills and experience.

Stephen Bird

Group Chief Executive

Group Chief Executive, British, aged 54, appointed to the Board on 14 April 2009. He is currently a non-executive director and the senior independent director of Dialight plc. He was formerly a non-executive director of Umeco plc. Previously he was Divisional Managing Director of Weir Oil & Gas, part of Weir Group plc. Prior to this he has worked in senior roles at Danaher Corporation, Black & Decker, Unipart Group, Hepworth PLC and Technicolor Group.

Paul Hayes

Group Finance Director

Group Finance Director, British, aged 48, appointed to the Board on 13 June 2011. Previously he was Group Financial Controller at Signet Jewelers Limited between 2007 and 2011. Prior to that, he held a senior role at RHM plc from 2004 to 2007, through its flotation in 2005 and subsequent sale to Premier Foods plc. Paul was with Smiths Group plc for over ten years from 1993, including a number of divisional and operating company finance director roles. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with EY, and has a first class Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jon Bolton

Group Company Secretary

Group Company Secretary, British, aged 47, appointed October 2008. Previously Company Secretary of Waste Recycling Group. Prior to this he held company secretarial positions at GlaxoSmithKline, where he trained as a company secretary and Cable & Wireless where he was Deputy Company Secretary. He holds a bachelor of law degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Martin Green

Group Development and HR Director

Group Development and HR Director, British, aged 46, appointed June 2005. His responsibilities include strategy and M&A, and were expanded in 2012 to include human resources and internal communications. Previously he held corporate development positions at Bunzl plc, at a broadcast equipment rental business and worked in investment banking at N M Rothschild. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters & Alliance in the UK and is a Certified Accountant.

Marco Pezzana

Photographic Divisional Chief Executive

Divisional Chief Executive, Photographic Division, Italian, aged 45, appointed March 2009. Formerly Managing Director of Manfrotto. Prior to joining Vitec he held various positions in general management and marketing for consumer goods companies including Newell Rubbermaid, Arc International and Dusholux GmbH, working extensively in the UK, US and France. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan, with postgraduate studies at London Business School and Bocconi University.