LONDON, UK: Johnson Matthey Plc announced that Robert MacLeod has advised the Board of his intention to retire as Chief Executive, and is pleased to announce that Liam Condon will succeed him.
After nearly eight years as Chief Executive, Robert will step down from that role and from the Board on 28th February 2022 but will stay on to support the transition process until the Company’s Annual General Meeting on 21st July 2022 when he will then retire from JM.
Liam Condon, who will join JM as Chief Executive on 1st March 2022, is currently a Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division, a role he has held for nine years.
Bayer Crop Science is the global leader in agricultural innovation and sustainability with circa €20 billion revenue. He has served in senior roles at the former Schering AG and then Bayer HealthCare.
Johnson Matthey Chairman Patrick Thomas said: “Robert has devoted a large part of his career to leading JM, and the Board and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for what he has achieved. Under his leadership the company has evolved significantly, and we wish him every success in the next stage of his career.”
“After a rigorous and wide-ranging selection process, the Board is delighted to appoint Liam to the role. He is a dynamic and values-driven leader with an impressive track record of leading science-based businesses while delivering consistent high-quality performance. He balances commercial ability with a strong strategic perspective.
He has a proven track record of driving growth as well as modernising organisations whilst retaining a strong external engagement with stakeholders, regulators, and government.
His capabilities will be key for JM as we continue to scale our attractive high growth businesses to address climate change challenges, while investing in the opportunities for the future. The Board warmly welcomes Liam to the role and wishes him every success.”
Robert MacLeod said: “After nearly eight years as Chief Executive, the time is right for me to move on. It has been the greatest privilege of my career to be part of the Johnson Matthey team and to work with so many wonderful colleagues.
Johnson Matthey is more relevant than it has ever been through its consistent focus on developing innovative, science based, sustainable technologies. I am confident in our future growth prospects and the significant benefits our technologies will bring.”
Liam Condon said: “Johnson Matthey is an incredibly innovative company focused on using science to address the challenges of the 21st century. Living within our planetary boundaries requires an acceleration of decarbonisation and Johnson Matthey has the technology and people to be at the forefront of this massive societal transition. I am really excited to join Johnson Matthey and work with our team on accelerating growth and value creation as we push forward towards a more sustainable future.”