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Weir Group announce new ESCO president

Sean Fitzgerald

Sean Fitzgerald to succeed Andrew Neilson who will take over as president of the Minerals Division

THE Weir Group plc has announced the appointment of Sean Fitzgerald as president of its ESCO Division. Based in Portland, in the US, he will join Weir on 1 December 2022 and will be a member of the Group Executive.

He will succeed Andrew Neilson, who, as previously announced, will be moving to the role of president of Weir’s Minerals Division, succeeding Ricardo Garib who is retiring from Weir at the end of 2022 following 42 years’ service.


Mr Fitzgerald (pictured) is currently chief executive officer of Maersk Container Industry (MCI), the Copenhagen-based container manufacturing business of the transport and logistics company A.P. Moeller – Maersk.

He has a wealth of mining experience and a proven track record of leading global industrial businesses. Since joining MCI as chief executive officer in 2018, he has led a turnaround in financial performance and driven major improvements in safety and employee engagement.

Prior to MCI, Mr Fitzgerald spent seven years at Komatsu Mining Corporation (formerly Joy Global), first as regional vice-president for the Americas, before moving to China as president for the China Region.

Commenting on Mr Fitzgerald’s appointment, Weir Group chief executive officer Jon Stanton said: ‘Sean will be a great addition to the team, and I am delighted to welcome him at this exciting time for Weir.

‘With his strong background across manufacturing, mining, and technology, I am confident he will take ESCO to the next stage of growth as we deliver on our mission to make mining smarter, more efficient, and sustainable.’


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