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LORD Corp. Announces 2 International Executive Appointments

The company has appointed Gareth McAllister (left) and Charmaine Riggins (right) as new leaders for the APAC and EMEA regions, respectively.




Gareth McAllister (left) and Charmaine Riggins (right).

LORD Corp., a provider of vibration and motion control technologies, sensing systems, adhesives and coatings, has named Charmaine Riggins as president of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region.

Since joining LORD in 1995 as senior engineer for the company’s Structural Adhesives & Coatings division, Riggins has served in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of technology, marketing, finance, sales, operations and a previous international assignment in Europe. Prior to her new role, she served as vice president of the EMEA region, and earlier as director of global business development, marketing & strategy for the Automotive, Industrial and Electronic Assembly business at LORD.


LORD Corp. says its presence in the EMEA region has steadily grown with additions of technical, production and commercial staff, most recently with the acquisition of Fly-by-Wire Systems France, a former subsidiary of SKF. The LORD EMEA region is based in Geneva, and includes manufacturing and technology operations in France, Germany and Italy. LORD serves customers in the automotive, industrial and aerospace and defense sectors, collaborating closely with design and technical engineers and sourcing leadership through a strong presence throughout the region.

“Charmaine brings a wealth of experience and company knowledge to our EMEA region,” said Ed Auslander, president and CEO of LORD Corp. “Her strong technical background, business development skills and operations acumen made her the perfect fit to lead our growing EMEA region. We are confident in her ability to drive innovation and growth in this important region.”


Riggins succeeds Joel Rood, who will continue his career at LORD as president, Oil & Gas and Industrial Equipment.

Riggins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from North Carolina State University.

Gareth McAllister has been named president Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for LORD Corp.

Gareth previously served as the regional director of China, where he focused on commercial excellence and technical support by driving the culture to achieve greater customer engagement. This resulted in double-digit growth and many new business wins. McAllister will bring this focus to his new role. He sees partnering with customers to achieve commercial excellence as the way forward in the APAC region. “We want to support our customers in growing their business as this achieves a win-win for us all,” he noted.


“Gareth’s experience, accomplishments and business acumen make him the best choice to lead our APAC region,” said Auslander. “Our presence in the APAC region has grown steadily over the past five years with additions of technical, production and commercial staff. Gareth is well-poised to lead this region and drive additional innovation and growth.”

McAllister joined LORD in 2007 and has worked in a number of regional and global roles of increasing responsibility, including business management, operations, strategic alliances, and product management.

Prior to joining LORD, he served in management positions with Arch Chemicals, Henkel KGaA and Dow Chemicals. He has fulfilled business assignments in Switzerland, France, Italy, USA and China, and he will be based in Hong Kong in his new leadership role. Gareth holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University College Dublin and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from University College Cork.


McAllister succeeds Becky Williams, who will continue her career at the company as president of the company’s Aerospace & Defense business. Under Williams’ leadership, the APAC region has achieved major new customer wins in commercial aerospace, automotive and industrial customers.



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