Leon Goosen is new Bell boss

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

BELL Equip­ment has ap­pointed group chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Leon Goosen as chief ex­ec­u­tive des­ig­nate of the listed man­u­fac­turer of heavy equip­ment for the con­struc­tion and min­ing sec­tors. The com­pany said yes­ter­day that Goosen would suc­ceed cur­rent chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Bell on his planned re­tire­ment. It an­nounced the com­mence­ment of a search for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive in Fe­bru­ary to take over from Gary Bell when he elected to re­tire. Goosen was a part­ner at Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and Namibia prior to join­ing Bell Equip­ment in 2007. John Bar­ton, the chair­per­son of Bell Equip­ment, said the group was de­lighted to be able to ap­point at the helm of Bell Equip­ment a suc­ces­sor of Goosen’s cal­i­bre. “As chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Leon has worked very closely with the board and Gary over the past eight years and has made a con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tion to the strate­gic di­rec­tion of the group. Fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive search process where the board con­sid­ered lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional can­di­dates, we are pleased to ap­point an in­ter­nal can­di­date that pos­sesses such ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of and ex­pe­ri­ence in our in­dus­try,” Bar­ton said. – Roy Cokayne

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