Hampson Industries PLC Names New CEO for Tooling Operations

Hampson Industries PLC (“Hampson”), an international aerospace and precision engineering, tooling and aerostructures group, has named Don Stockton as Chief Executive Officer of its industry leading tooling operations effective June 7, 2010.
July 21, 2010 - PRLog -- 19 July 2010 - Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), Farnborough, Hampshire, UK – Hall 1, Stand B15 – Hampson Industries PLC (“Hampson”), an international aerospace and precision engineering, tooling and aerostructures group, has named Don Stockton as Chief Executive Officer of its industry leading tooling operations, effective June 7, 2010. Don has responsibility for directing and controlling all tooling activities of the Hampson Group and will be employed by Hampson Industries US, Inc.

“We are excited Don chose to come aboard,” commented Howard Kimberley, Finance Director of Hampson Industries PLC. “His unique combination of extensive manufacturing experience along with building an organisation that is focused on its customers and their needs will serve him well as he leads our continuing efforts to grow and further develop our tooling operations.”

Stockton has extensive international experience gained from his many senior level positions in aerospace, automotive, and industrial manufacturing organisations. Most recently Don was with Precision Cast Parts Corporation, Inc. and Fiamm Group.

Don’s appointment comes at an opportune time as Hampson prepares its tooling business for the next phase of its strategic growth objectives. These include broadening its customer base, furthering its global footprint, implementing improved integration across the tooling group and continuing to advance its competitiveness.

“Hampson has a leading and proven position in the aero tooling market that gives us a fantastic platform from which to become the partner of choice for any and all global tooling requirements. I am really looking forward to working with the team at Hampson in achieving this.” stated Stockton.

Hampson’s Tooling businesses produce precision-tolerance tooling systems for large composite structures and complex assembly systems. Together, they are the world’s leading and most experienced suppliers of large, tight-tolerance tooling systems for the defense, commercial aerospace, and space/satellite industries, with one of the largest, most versatile and fastest machining capabilities in the world.

Tools designed and manufactured by Hampson play a critical role in the design, pre-production and production phases of many of the most important programs in aerospace, including the B787, A380, A400M, the F/A-22, and F-35.

Stockton received a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI. He earned dual Master’s Degrees in Business and Engineering from the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

Stockton is based in Michigan at Odyssey Industries, Inc., a part of Hampson’s tooling operations.

Stockton will be present at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow in the Hampson Aerospace Services booth, H1/B15.

About Hampson Industries PLC:

Hampson is the world leader in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance tooling and assembly systems, as well as holding leading positions for composite and metallic components and aero structures. The Group’s end-to-end solution for its customers from engineering and project management through manufacturing and logistics has lead to numerous customer awards.  Hampson’s operations serve the global commercial and military aerospace markets from 16 facilities in the UK, North America and India employing over 1,400 people worldwide.

Hampson Industries PLC is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Symbol: HAMP). For more information, visit: www.hampsongroup.com.


Mark Abbey
Hampson Industries PLC
+44 1384 485345
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© 2010 Hampson Industries PLC. All rights reserved.

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