Alex Burns, who has led Millbrook’s transformation since 2014, has announced that Connor McCormack will join the company as its new President, effective 21 September. Alex Burns will step down as President to pursue a portfolio career.
Connor McCormack has over 20 years of senior management experience, including a decade of strategic development, latterly as UK CEO of global automotive distribution & retail group Inchcape PLC.
The change comes as Millbrook celebrates its 50th anniversary, and five years after it became an international business, with facilities outside the UK.
Millbrook is part of Spectris plc and has has invested significantly in its test facilities in recent years, notably enhancing its testing capability and has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andy Cowan, Interim Business Group Director, Spectris plc said: “Connor’s extensive knowledge of the automotive market and his operational leadership skills will help us build on the already successful business and to continue to grow Millbrook’s market share globally.”
Alex Burns, President of Millbrook said: “Today, thanks to the commitment of everyone in the company, our customers and our suppliers, Millbrook is stronger and more competitive than ever before.
“It has been a privilege for me to lead Millbrook for the last six years; I am confident that Connor will do a great job of taking the company through its next phase of development.”
Connor McCormack said, “I am delighted to take over as President of Millbrook at this exciting and challenging time. I am looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and customers and leading the company into its second half-century.”
Millbrook provides vehicle test and validation services and systems to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does.
It has a range of test facilities for full vehicles, tyres and components located in the UK, the USA and Northern Finland. These include varied outdoor and indoor test tracks, engine dynamometers, environmental chambers, e-motor and e-axle test cells, portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS), structural test laboratories, crash laboratories including a state-of-the-art ServoSled, interior systems laboratories, battery test facilities and advanced emissions chassis dynamometers.
Millbrook designs, builds, installs, and services dynamometer test systems and an associated data acquisition and control system.
Millbrook’s employees are passionate about safety, customer service and technical excellence, making them ideal partners at any stage in the development and launch of the vehicles of tomorrow.