Parkes takes over as Finning CEO
By Finning CanadaNews People on the move equipment dealers
Finning International has announced that Scott Thomson, president and CEO, has retired from the company and the board of directors after leading the company for the last nine years. Kevin Parkes, the former COO, has succeeded Thomson.
“I am honoured and proud to take on the leadership of Finning. I look forward to working with our outstanding employees and partnering with Caterpillar to support our customers and delivering results for our shareholders. Our strong execution and supply chain management enabled us to capitalize on continued momentum in our end markets in the third quarter and meet growing demand from our customers. While demand conditions remain constructive, we are closely monitoring leading indicators and customer activity levels and continue to operate with a mid-cycle approach to our cost structure and capital investments. Looking ahead, our strong equipment backlog, product support growth strategy, and disciplined operational execution give us confidence that we will finish the year strongly and continue that momentum into 2023,” said Parkes.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Scott for his invaluable contributions to the company,” said Hal Kvisle, board chair. “Over the last nine years, Scott has navigated Finning through periods of significant end-market change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and has led Finning to become a stronger and more resilient company. Through relentless focus on operational excellence, diverse talent, sustainability, and digital transformation, Scott has succeeded in transforming Finning into both a leading CAT dealer and a modern industrial services company. Scott’s thoughtful approach to capital allocation and investment in strategic capabilities has significantly improved Finning’s long-term earnings capacity and positioned the Company for a bright future.”
“It has been an honour to lead and be a part of the Finning organization,” said Thomson. “From the beginning, my approach has been to respect Finning’s great history, and invest in the people, culture, and technology that will position the company for long-term success in a rapidly changing world. I could not be prouder of our global team’s leadership position in many of the world’s most technologically advanced projects and collaborations, including High Speed Rail 2 in the UK, autonomous truck deployment in our territories and, most recently, BHP Escondida’s electric drive truck fleet replacement in Chile. I have great confidence in the future success of this world-class team, and I look forward to working with Kevin to ensure a seamless transition.”
“Executive development and succession planning are critical responsibilities of the coard of directors and today’s announcement concludes a comprehensive succession process that further highlights the strength and depth of Finning’s leadership,” commented Kvisle. “Kevin Parkes has demonstrated outstanding vision and leadership since joining Finning more than 25 years ago. His strategic thinking, customer-centric mindset, focus on operational excellence, and leadership skills will serve Finning well in the years ahead. The board is confident in our unanimous choice of Kevin as Scott’s successor, and we look forward to Finning’s continued momentum under his leadership.”
Kevin Parkes became COO for Finning International in April 2022, after serving as president of Finning Canada since 2019. Over the course of his career at Finning, Kevin has held progressively senior leadership positions, including managing director of Finning UK and Ireland and, prior to that, director of the Equipment Solutions Division for the UK and Ireland operations. In addition, Kevin was CEO of Hewden from 2010 to 2015, following the sale of this business by Finning in 2010. Kevin holds a BA in Business Administration from Staffordshire University.
“I would like to thank Scott for his leadership, vision and mentorship,” said Parkes. “Scott has strengthened the capabilities in the company, building a strong foundation for our continued success. I am honoured and proud to lead our company. I look forward to working with our 13,000 passionate employees to build on Scott’s legacy, partnering with Caterpillar to support our customers, and ensure Finning remains a great place to work.”
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