UK lube company RS Clare appoints David Meadows as new MD
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UK lube company RS Clare appoints David Meadows as new MD

RS Clare & Co Ltd, the longest established company manufacturing lubricants in the United Kingdom, announced the appointment of David Meadows as managing director effective January 1, 2022.

He succeeds Paul Vann, who took over the executive reins of RS Clare in May 2016, following Ian Meadows’ retirement after 45 years. Ian Meadows remains chairman of RS Clare.

David is now the sixth generation of Meadows’ to be appointed managing director in the company’s prestigious 274-year history.

After a decade working in Australia and Canada, David returned to the UK and joined RS Clare in 2016 as head of Marketing & Customer Service. He was appointed director of Marketing and Communications in 2019.

In addition to David’s commercial experience, he also brings a strong technical academic background to the role, with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Manchester University. He is uniquely placed to have a well-rounded and balanced commercial and technical view of the business.

The transition comes during a period of strength for the business. Despite the significant challenges faced due to massive global disruption, RS Clare’s 2020 financial results reflect the incremental growth and achievements of the last five years, with record turnover and profits reported.

David will continue to build on the business’ impressive year-on-year growth, with significant plans for strategic investment focused on innovation to achieve continued growth in key markets.

Ready for the new challenge

David’s role as director of Marketing and Communications has afforded him a deep understanding of RS Clare’s customers in each of the business’ core markets, and the challenges they face. His position within the company’s Executive Board has seen him support the development of overall strategic direction.

“It’s a huge honour for me to lead this historic and pioneering private family business.  I’m excited to be inheriting a very talented team of employees, a global customer base and a supportive and ambitious board to help us achieve further success.”

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