Group Management Committee

  • Prior to joining Essentra, Paul was Group Chief Executive of Coats Group plc - the world's leading industrial thread manufacturer - for seven years, where he oversaw company rationalisation as well as growth through acquisition, instigated and delivered a clear vision and corporate strategy, drove material improvements in financial performance and built the momentum to position the business as an innovative and global industry leader.

    Before assuming the role of Group Chief Executive, Paul held a number of increasingly senior operational and strategic positions at a variety of companies, and has a proven track record of international manufacturing experience at the highest level.


  • Jon Green joined Essentra in 2005, and was appointed Company Secretary & General Counsel in July 2005. Prior to joining Filtrona Jon worked as an in-house lawyer for several large international businesses, including Unilever and Hays plc. Jon is a qualified solicitor.

  • PT Sreekumar joined Essentra in 1995, being initially responsible for the Company's joint venture in India. Before being appointed to his current role in 2005, Sreekumar was Regional Director for Asia Pacific, responsible for the business in Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Essentra, Sreekumar worked for the Indian tobacco company Godfrey Philips.

  • Joanna Speed joined Essentra in 2011 as Corporate Affairs Director, having previously held the position of Investor Relations Director at Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and Scottish & Newcastle plc. Prior to this, Joanna was an equity analyst and worked in investment banking for a number of international banks. Joanna is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Arthur Andersen.

  • Stefan joined Essentra as Corporate Development Director in 2013, before which he was Finance Director - Emerging Markets at Gilbarco Veeder Root from 2011, having initially joined the Danaher Corporation as Director, Corporate Development - Europe in 2005. Prior to this, Stefan worked in investment banking at JP Morgan and in accountancy at Arthur Andersen.

  • Gavin Leathem joined Essentra as Group Human Resources Director in March 2014. Prior to joining Essentra, Gavin was Vice President of HR for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Emerson Network Power Systems, before which he was Group HR Director at Chloride Group plc during his 13-year career there. Gavin is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • Scott Fawcett joined Essentra in 2010 as Managing Director of the Moss Plastics business, and was appointed to his current role in January 2014. Prior to joining Essentra, Scott was Head of eCommerce at Electrocomponents plc, where he held a variety of increasingly senior sales, marketing and eCommerce positions during his 17 year career there.

  • Brett York joined Essentra in 2001 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Alliance Plastics. Before being appointed to his current role in February 2017, Brett held the position of President of the Americas region from 2014, President of Component Distribution Americas from 2012 and President of the Speciality Tapes business from 2007. Prior to joining Essentra, Brett held a variety of increasingly senior commercial and operational positions at a number of companies, including Industrial Molding Corp., Waddington and PepsiCo.

  • Iain Percival joined Essentra as Managing Director, Health & Personal Care Packaging – Europe & Asia in 2017, before which he was Divisional CEO, Beverage Cans Europe for Rexam plc.  Prior to this, Iain held a number of increasingly senior roles at Rexam plc, Toyota Motor – Europe Manufacturing and Dowty Group, and has extensive experience in category management, manufacturing and supply chain optimisation.

  • Andy Gamble joined Essentra as Group Chief Information Officer in 2014, before which he was Vice President, IT Business Solutions and Strategy for Sony Electronics in the US.  Prior to this, Andy held a variety of increasingly senior roles within the Sony group, in the US, UK, Europe and Russia.  Andy’s work within the technology industry spans 20 years within start-up organisations, front line sales companies, regional operations and group wide global headquarters.