Coats names Kevin Finn as president, business operations

Coats, a leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market, has announced that the company has appointed Kevin Finn to the newly created role of president, business operations, with effect from July 1, 2018. Kevin is currently the chief operating officer, of Coats Asia, and is based in Shenzhen, China.

Kevin Finn - Photo: Coats

Kevin will have global accountability for business operations and will oversee the delivery of the annual business plan. His responsibilities include driving customer service as well as ensuring the company’s manufacturing consistently complies with its high standards of product quality and health and safety. Kevin’s direct reports include the MDs of seven geographic clusters: EMEA, Bangladesh, China, India, LatAm North, LatAm South, and Vietnam.

Rajiv Sharma, group chief executive, Coats said, “Kevin is ideally placed for this new important global role. During his career at Coats, he has held leadership roles in many countries across manufacturing, supply chain and commercial and, most recently, has been successfully leading our business in Asia. He has extensive experience and also demonstrates energy and drive for change.”

Kevin has over 30 years of experience working at Coats. As chief operating officer, Asia, he was responsible for ensuring a safe working environment and internal controls across the region. Other previous roles include managing director, China; and managing director, CEE and Turkey. Kevin holds an MBA from the Open Business School.

The role of president, business operations, has been created as part of the new Coats operating model launched in April, which has simplification as a key lever for growth. This includes simplifying the senior management structure and the new position replaces the previously separate roles of chief operating officer, EMEA and LatAm and chief operating officer, Asia.

Kevin will continue to report to Rajiv Sharma, chief executive officer, and remain a member of the Group executive team. He will be based in the UK.

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