Stone names CEO replacement

People Dec 03, 2012

Stone Group says finance director Simon Harbridge to replace James Bird as CEO

Public sector specialist Stone Group has announced its finance director Simon Harbridge will take the reigns of the company as its new CEO.

He steps into the shoes of long-standing CEO James Bird who recently parted ways with the firm.

Harbridge (pictured) helped manage Stone Group’s first management buyout (MBO) in 2005 and again a second MBO in 2008, funded by current owners and investors RJD partners.

“Simon is a natural leader with proven operational and business experience and is instrumental to the solid position that the company is in today,” comments John Dillon, managing partner at RJD partners. “His appointment creates a degree of consistency across the organisation that he has been instrumental in developing. It is his knowledge of the company, the respect of staff, partners and customers that Simon commands that will be fundamental to its ongoing success and growth.”

“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to lead a very talented group of employees at Stone,” adds Harbridge. “Stone’s reputation is synonymous with quality of service and I look forward to leading the company into the next phase of its growth.”

The firm says a search for Stone Group’s next finance director is underway.

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