'Point of change' for company
Havelock Europa unveils new chairman
Mr Godden, 63, will succeed David MacLellan who will retire from the board of the Fife company.
Mr MacLellan said: “I am delighted to announce that Ian has agreed to become the new chairman of Havelock and his commitment to invest in the company, at what is hoped will be a point of change for Havelock.
“Ian has a good understanding of Havelock’s activities, having been a director of the company from 1995 to 2006, and a track record of helping businesses grow.”
Mr Godden is investing £300,000 in the company through his pension fund to acquire a significant shareholding in the company.
Upon completion of the subscription, he will be interested in 3,194,213 ordinary shares, which will represent 7.69%% of the enlarged share capital.
He was a non-executive director of the company from 1995 to 2006, supporting the company’s successful expansion into financial services and point of sale markets and its acquisition of ESA McIntosh in 2002.
From 2011 to 2016 he was chairman of KBC Advanced Technologies, during which time the company changed its strategic, operational and geographical focus; raised new equity; upgraded its senior executive group; and acquired new businesses, all part of an overall operational improvement and strategic redirection.
Previously, he enjoyed a successful consulting career with Booz Allen and Roland Berger, following his early business experience as an engineer and project manager with BP in the North Sea, Kuwait and the USA. He has an MBA from Stanford University in California and an engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh.
In 2006, Ian Godden retired from full time consulting and, from 2007 to 2013, he was chairman of Farnborough International Limited which organises the Farnborough and Bahrain airshows.
He is currently a director of several other companies, including Bristow Group Inc, the world-leading industrial helicopter services company, based in Houston, US, and Glenmore Gas Inc, a US gas company that he founded in 2007.