FEBRUARY 22, 2015 — Vancouver, BC, naval architectural consultancy Robert Allan Ltd. has a new President. The company's board has appointed Mike Fitzpatrick to succeed Ken Harford, who plans to retire in June, 2016 but will remain as managing director during the succession process.
In 2008, the company became employee owned with ten senior employees becoming shareholders. Mr. Harford became President, succeeding Robert G. "Rob" Allan, grandson of founder Robert Allan, who became the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
"Having completed the ownership transition from Rob Allan and his family to a group of senior managers and subsequently involving a further group of dedicated employees in the company ownership, it is time to pass the helm to the next generation" Mr. Harford said.
Mr. Fitzpatrick joined the company in 2003 and was a key member of the initial employee ownership group and has been a driving force in the company's growth.
Mr. Fitzpatrick will be supported in his new role by Rollie Webb as Senior Vice President.
In a statement to shareholders, Mr. Fitzpatrick said: "I am honored to be offered this opportunity to help lead Robert Allan Ltd. into the future. If I retire at the age of 66, it will be the 100th anniversary of this incredible company that Rob's grandfather started in 1930. One of you will be sitting in the President's chair when this occurs but my goal for the coming years will be to ensure the company is even stronger on its 100th anniversary than it is now."