HARTING Ltd, the German electrical and electronic connector technology company, will be under new management from January 2021. Current Managing Director, Peter Hannon, announced his retirement earlier this year and will step down in December. He will be succeeded by Simon Asbury, who will step up from his current role as Director of Sales and Marketing.
Simon Asbury has worked in the electronics and electrical sector since 1988, gaining experience in a range of engineering and sales roles. He joined HARTING Ltd in 1997 as a Sales Engineer, before taking over management of HARTING’s distributors.
In 2001 he became Field Sales Manager, with responsibility for the electrical arm of the business, before a promotion to Director of Sales and Market Development in 2007. Since 2018, he has held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing.
Following the announcement, Simon commented; “I would like to begin by thanking Peter for his successful time as Managing Director of HARTING Ltd; myself and the team wish him a long and healthy retirement. I am delighted to be appointed as the next Managing Director of HARTING Ltd. Alongside the great team in the UK, we will continue to develop our digital strategy including marketing, ecommerce and technical support. We will bring market-leading connectivity and networking solutions to our customers to enable them to digitise, modularise, miniaturise and customise their products and operations. We will also continue to invest in our manufacturing facility in Northampton to bring design support and manufacturing close to our UK and Ireland customers.”
Simon has worked alongside with Peter for several years, which will allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership.
Peter Hannon has worked for HARTING for over 22 years, joining initially as Financial Controller in September 1998. Three years later he became Finance Director, before being appointed Managing Director in October 2005.
Commenting on his time at HARTING, he said: “Fifteen years has flown by and a lot has happened during that time. The company has matured and grown significantly and it has exciting plans for the future. I thought it was time for someone else to have a go and I am delighted that HARTING have chosen Simon as the next Managing Director. I am proud of what the HARTING UK team has achieved together and there are excellent prospects for the future under Simon’s leadership.”