As CEO Grant leads from the front, envisioning the future for Camira, yet keeping a keen eye on the detail of the present and harnessing the talents and passion of the entire Camira team. It’s this blend of long-term strategic business development, hands-on tactical implementation to make it happen and, of course, absolute customer centricity that proved such a winning combination during a successful 30 year career with the multi-national blue chip organisation AkzoNobel.
So Grant has now moved from speciality coatings and finishes – from paints, wood finishes and marine coatings – to the softer, more tactile material finishes of textiles, which likewise don’t just need to look good, they also need to perform.
After completing a degree in Economics and Business at Aberystwyth, Grant joined Courtaulds as a Graduate Trainee and quickly moved up through the ranks in commercial roles for International Paint and Marine Coatings. By 27 he was Commercial Director, developing international markets in Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, Russia and Israel, before becoming General Manager UK, then EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Courtaulds was acquired by AkzoNobel in 1998 and Grant went on to lead profitable growth and business transformation strategies as Managing Director firstly of the company’s Coil and Extrusion Coatings Business, then latterly with Wood Finishes and Adhesives. The parallels and synergies with Camira are clear: a b2b marketplace, driven by specification sales of a technical product offering, strong brand and market position, and real ambition for growth through total customer focus, leadership and motivation.
Outside work, Grant is a true blue, supporting Manchester City as evidence of his Stockport roots, and is also a keen skier. His partner Julia is a lawyer and between them they have four children – meaning very expensive family skiing holidays!