Sir William Wright has paid tribute to the long-serving Chairman and CEO of Wrights Group
Wrights Group has announced the retirement of its Chairman and CEO, Mark Nodder OBE, with effect from 31 March 2019.
Mark joined the Northern Irish company – then known as Robert Wright & Son (Coachworks) Ltd – in 1998 as head of aftersales service, known as Customcare.
He soon rose through the ranks to take full responsibility for all Group sales internationally, as well as the strategic direction of the business.
Mark can be credited with opening the Group up to new markets, including America and the Far East, as well as growing the UK division.
In 2006, he reached the position of Group Managing Director, subsequently being appointed to his final role as Chairman and CEO of the Group.
When Mark joined Wrights, its customers were all UK-based and annual turnover was £30m. Thanks to his efforts, by 2017 the business had established itself in a number of overseas markets, secured the contract to build the New Routemaster bus and generated over £200m in turnover.
Announcing the news, Sir William Wright CBE said: “The board of Wrights Group will always be grateful to Mark for his long and dedicated service to Wrights Group.
“The regard in which he is held in the bus industry speaks for itself and his wider services to the Northern Irish economy were rightly recognised in 2015 when he received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“I, together with the whole board of Wrights Group, wish Mark every success in his plans for the future.”
Wrights Group says it will announce the appointment of a new CEO ‘in the very near future.’
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