Avingtrans announces Les Thomas to the Board of Directors as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, Nottingham – Avingtrans plc (AIM: AVG), a manufacturer of critical components and associated services to the global aerospace, energy and medical sectors, has appointed Les Thomas to the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director effective 1 September 2014.

Mr Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry, in various subsurface, engineering, operational and senior management positions. Les is currently CEO of Ithaca Energy Inc, appointed in 2013 and has previously served as a main Board Director of Wood Group and Chief Executive of its Production Facilities business and Group Director responsible for HSE. Prior to this, he spent 22 years with Marathon Oil, including four years as European Business Unit Leader, responsible for Marathon’s upstream business in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.

The appointment of Les and Dr Gareth Job, announced on the 30 July 2014, strengthens the Group’s expertise in the Oil and Gas sector and demonstrates commitment to further developing it as a key market, as the Company positions Maloney Metalcraft as a leading supplier to global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Commenting on the appointment, Roger McDowell, Chairman of Avingtrans said: “Les has a great deal of experience in the Oil and Gas capital equipment industry, a market that is becoming increasingly important to the Avingtrans Group. In addition to the continuing successful development of our offering in the Aerospace market, we are looking to grow our presence in the niche equipment market of the Oil and Gas sector.”

Les Thomas commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Avingtrans as a Non-Executive Director. The integration of Maloney Metalcraft with the rest of the division provides an exciting opportunity to further develop the Group’s offering to the Oil and Gas sector.”

About Avingtrans

Avingtrans plc is engaged in the provision of highly engineered components, modules and services to the Aerospace, Energy and Medical markets worldwide.

The business is made up of 2 divisions:

  • Aerospace, engaged in the manufacture of rigid pipe assemblies, fabrications and prismatic components – both metallic and composite – for the global aerospace market and precision polishing of aircraft components and;
  •  Energy and medical, engaged in the design and manufacture of machined and fabricated pressure and vacuum vessels and process plant and equipment for the power, oil & gas and medical markets. Plus, design and manufacture of fabricated poles and cabinets for roadside safety cameras and rail track signalling.

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