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Speedy bolsters leadership team

28 Jul 14 There are more changes at the top of Speedy Hire with four new appointments to the UK senior management team.

Adrian Murphy is Speedy's new UK COO
Adrian Murphy is Speedy's new UK COO

Speedy has been in change mode all year after fraud was uncovered in its Middle East division in January. Long-serving boss Steve Corcoran accepted ultimate responsibility for the management failings and resigned. Mark Rogerson, who had joined from Costain as chief operating officer the previous month, was swiftly elevated to CEO. (See previous report here.)

Mr Rogerson has now brought in Adrian Murphy as his UK chief operating officer. Mr Murphy previously worked for United Technologies Corporation, firstly as managing director for Chubb Fire & Security Systems, and later as a commercial director for the Building Industrial Systems division. Before that, he was UK managing director of tool manufacturer Hilti. He started at Speedy in April.

Tony Bennett, previously of Office Depot and Rentokil Initial, has been appointed corporate development officer, with responsibility for strategy, planning, corporate activity, corporate communications and social responsibility.

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Steve Giblin has been appointed director in charge of health, safety, security, environment and quality. Prior to joining Speedy, he was health & safety boss at Scapa Group. He has also held safety roles at United Utilities, British Gas and Associated British Ports.

Ed Cowell has joined Speedy from G4S as head of major accounts. Like Mr Rogerson, he is a former military man, having spent 19 years in the army.

Mark Rogerson said: "We are delighted to welcome Adrian, Tony, Steve and Ed at an exciting time for Speedy. The broad experience they bring from both inside and outside our industry, combined with new internal appointments to the senior leadership team, gives us the right blend of skills to accelerate the implementation of our growth strategy. I am very much looking forward to working with the new team to build on Speedy's position as the market leader in our industry, and to deliver sustainable growth and shareholder value over the coming months and years."

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