R&D heavyweight joins Stone firm in recruitment drive

Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has appointed Dr Christopher Wright as group head of research and development (R&D). Wright’s role is to help manage the company’s ambitious growth plans, which include doubling turnover during 2012/3 and recruiting additional staff to help with the resulting expansion. The company is still recruiting for several team members in roles as varied as telesales, new business, marketing and CRM (Customer Relationship Management).

Wright holds a BSc, MBA and PhD in applied physiology and has worked in R&D for 15 years. He has management experience in academia and industry and is in the process of completing an executive MBA in general management.

Prior to working at Global Heat Transfer, Wright had a successful career with the University of Hull, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever Best Foods. During this time, he helped to develop many well-known brands found in pharmacies and super-markets, both in the UK and across the globe.

Key achievements included helping develop and implement Nurofen’s, ‘Twice as fast as standard Ibuprofen’ campaign. During this period, Wright’s role was very much focussed on helping prove the validity of the claims that the company made.

“I think the operation of the human body is quite an appropriate metaphor for the way a business operates,” explained Wright. “One could argue that the brain corresponds to business planning, the arteries to communications and so on. This kind of metaphor is a useful way of thinking holistically about a business and is an interesting way of beginning to think about the benefits that business can get from the world of academia.

“For me, one of the key reasons I joined Global Heat Transfer was the opportunity for growth,” continued Wright. “Sometimes in large businesses, you can reach a certain level and find that the opportunities suddenly become very limited. In an agile, growing and successful SME, the only limits you face are the ones that your own ability imposes. Growth in a small company is a visceral, impactful and exciting thing. In a global conglomerate it can happen without you noticing until the annual report is published.”