Steve Chicken has been appointed to the position of managing director of Textron Golf, Turf and Specialty Products International, with effect from 3rd April 2002.
Announcing the appointment, Dennis Schwieger, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Textron Golf, Turf & Specialty Products said, “I am delighted that Steve will be leading the excellent team based in Ipswich. Together they are charged with developing our international business to be a significant player in the global golf and turf markets.
“In February 2001 Steve accepted an assignment, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a promotion to vice president of engineering for the Turf business. During his time in the USA he has gained a broad understanding of the Golf and Turf business, and has also earned the enormous respect of the senior management team. He is, in our view, the obvious candidate to lead the international business during a very challenging period”
Steve is a B.Sc graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from Salford University and a M.Sc. and Ph.D in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University.
Following a successful career as a Professional Engineering Officer with the RAF, Steve joined the Ransomes organisation to head up the engineering function in November 1997. Following the acquisition of Ransomes by Textron in early 1998, Steve was promoted to the position of engineering director for Golf, Turf & Specialty Products- International, prior to his assignment in the U.S.A.
Steve will be relocating to Ipswich with immediate effect and will be followed home shortly by his wife Sally and daughters Caroline and Elizabeth