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Coats adds David Gosnell as non-executive director
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Feb '15
Industrial thread and consumer textile crafts marketer, Coats plc has added David Gosnell as non-executive director, with effect from February 19, 2015, who will also chair the Remuneration Committee.

David who retired from Diageo plc as president of global supply and procurement has over 30 years experience in supply and procurement strategy and execution.

He led a global team of 9,000 people, across manufacturing, logistics and technical operations as well as managing Diageo’s global procurement budget.

Prior to spending a total of 16 years at Diageo in a variety of roles he worked at HJ Heinz for 25 years.

Chairman Mike Clasper said, “David brings extensive supply and procurement knowledge which will bring invaluable additional industry expertise and perspective to our board.”

David Gosnell also said, “I am extremely pleased to be joining Coats plc board, which has a strong manufacturing heritage and I am looking forward to helping contribute to its continued growth.’

David is also currently non-executive director of Brambles Ltd, the supply chain solutions provider.

David began his career at HJ Heinz in 1973 where he held a series of operational roles before becoming UK procurement director in 1992 and then European operations director in 1995.

He joined Diageo plc in 1998 as director of European supply chain. In 2008 he became president, global supply and procurement, a role he held until his retirement in December 2014.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middlesex University and has completed Supply Chain Manufacturing – Drive Operational Excellence at INSEAD (Singapore). (AR)

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