Tharsus, one of the UKs fastest growing technology businesses, has named John Lucas as its Chief Operating Officer (COO), starting with immediate effect.
The appointment comes as the robotics and electromechanical machines specialist prepares for its next stage of growth, with Mr Lucas responsible for overseeing and leadership of the business operations, including the Design, Manufacturing and Business Excellence teams. Lucas will join the Tharsus board of directors and report to CEO, Brian Palmer.
Mr Lucas started his career as a graduate trainee with Tharsus’ very first customer – APV Baker, previously Baker Perkins, in Hebburn, Gateshead. After working his way up to the position of General Manager, Lucas spent more than twenty years as Divisional/Managing Director, President and COO of several other businesses in the process engineering and capital goods sector, based in both the UK and USA. His repertoire includes the management of start-ups, supply chain and engineering projects in China, India, Australia, South Africa, South America and Europe.
Speaking of the role and his plans for the company, Mr Lucas said: “I am very pleased to return to the North East to join Tharsus and contribute to the next phase of its business growth and transformation. Tharsus has a proven record of success to date, and I’m looking forward to playing a key part in navigating the business through the many challenges and opportunities that arise in every high growth company and taking us to a new scale and level of capability.”
Chief Executive Brian Palmer said: “We are delighted to have John on-board, he is an outstanding addition to our management team and brings with him a wealth of executive experience and a strong track record of delivering operational excellence. He will be instrumental in delivering on our ambitious growth plans. As a business, we’re transforming rapidly, and John brings the level of seniority we need to lead the operations team through this critical phase of our journey.”
Lucas has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Bath and a Post Graduate Fellowship in Systems Management from City University, London. He also spent three years as Senior Industrial Fellow and Director of the Industry Links Unit at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.