Linen giant Johnson names Fyfe Lennox new chairman

Runcorn-based workwear and textile firm Johnson Service Group (JSG) said on Tuesday that its chairman Bill Shannon has advised the JSG board of his intention to retire at the company’s AGM in May 2021.

Johnson said Shannon will be succeeded by former EY partner Jock Fyfe Lennox.

“The group is pleased to announce the appointment of John (Jock) Fyfe Lennox to the board as an independent non-executive director with effect from 5 January 2021,” said Johnson.

“Jock will also assume the role of chairman designate with effect from the same date. 

“The intention is that Jock will step up to the role of chairman following the conclusion of the 2021 AGM in May.

With his extensive experience as a non-executive director, coupled with his financial background, Jock is a valuable addition to the JSG Board. 

“Jock is a chartered accountant and, in both his executive career at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and as a non-executive director, he has worked across a range of industrial and consumer sectors, including support services.”

Fyfe Lennox, 64, is currently a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Barratt Developments and was previously chairman of Enquest plc and Hill & Smith Holdings plc. 

He also served on the boards of Dixons Carphone, Oxford Instruments and A&J Mucklow Group.

Jock spent his executive career with EY, becoming a partner in 1988, and held a number of leadership roles across all service lines, including as head of industrial poducts in the UK and globally,” added Johnson.

“Since leaving EY in 2009, he has developed an active board career sitting on and leading boards that have undertaken a range of organic and corporate development and growth strategies.”

Johnson Service Group CEO Peter Egan said: “I would like to thank Bill for his counsel and unwavering support during his time with JSG, which has supported the team in developing our strategy and growth plans.  

“I am delighted to welcome Jock to the JSG board and I look forward to working with him closely.  

“His wealth of financial and commercial experience will broaden the Board’s expertise and will serve the group well over the years ahead.”