James Donaldson and Sons Ltd is pleased to announce that from today, April 1st, 2020, Andrew Donaldson has succeeded Scott Cairns as Chief Executive Officer of the James Donaldson (JDS) Group.
Scott’s tenure has seen the 160-year-old family business double in turnover to over £200M with several consecutive years of record profitability up to the present day. Scott has served as Group MD for the past eight years. Before that he was Managing Director for both James Donaldson Timber and MGM Timber, resulting in over 24 years of service to the JDS group.
Andrew is a 6th generation Donaldson family member and will succeed Scott as of today. As a Chartered Accountant, gaining his credentials from KPMG, Andrew has worked for the Donaldson Group since 2010. He has spent the last two years as Group Finance Director driving the Group’s direction along with the operating board while working closely with Scott on all group-wide projects.
Neil Donaldson, Non-Executive Chairman of the Donaldson Group, said: “I’m delighted that my son, Andrew, will be taking over this 6th generation family business as CEO. I am confident that he will prove to be a worthy successor to Scott, and I wish him well in this new role in what are incredibly challenging times. I’d also like to thank Scott for his invaluable contribution to the success of the business. He will indeed be a hard act to follow.”
Scott will continue in an advisory role on the Supervisory Board as a Non-Executive Director supporting Andrew’s transition.