New appointment for Optare’s growth plans

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Optare has announced the appointment of Richard Butler as Chief Executive, from 2 July 2018.

Richard joins Optare as Graham Belgum moves to a new position as Director of International Business Development, and will be working closely with the management team at Ashok Leyland, Optare’s parent company.

John Fickling, Chairman of Optare plc, commented: “I am delighted that Richard is joining us at this exciting time.

“He has 30 years of International Business experience gained at global manufacturer JCB.

“His experience in sales, customer support and distribution, marketing, product and business development along with engineering and manufacturing leave him well placed to drive our ambitious growth plans in innovative products and new markets.

“Building on the recent successes in overseas markets, Optare will give additional drive to grow its international presence.

“In this regard, Graham Belgum with his vast experience in the bus business and in his new role as Director of International Business Development will leverage the strengths of Optare’s superior bus designs, customisation capabilities and proven EV standing to enable significant export growth.”