Mark Clayton, previously managing director with Petlon Polymers in Gloucestershire, has joined TCL Packaging as managing director designate.
The move came after current managing director and majority shareholder Mike Golding took a decision to stand down from a day-to-day role during Summer, 2017 and become Chairman of the business as it moves into its next growth phase.
Golding comments “One of the key aspects to leadership is knowing when the time is right to hand over the baton. TCL Packaging is a dynamic and exciting packaging films business with a dedicated team and a fantastic future under Mark’s stewardship. In my new role as Chairman, I can continue to support and guide the long-term future of the business but also free up time for family and other non-work pursuits”
Clayton, 38 brings strong skills in strategy and development with a consistent record of delivering outstanding results in revenue growth, operational performance and profitability. He has significant financial expertise but his strongest suit is people development and building winning teams.
He was UK director for engineering thermoplastic business Teknor Apex for seven years which was acquired by Petlon in 2015. Responsible for the integration process, Clayton then became head of the new organisation but, after 18 months of commuting to Gloucestershire, desired a better work/life balance. The birth of his third child at the end of 2016 was the catalyst for change. “My family are settled and happy in Staffordshire” he said “which made the TCL role serendipitous”
Clayton continues “The printed film market is robust with huge potential and TCL has the production capacity to expand. Various market drivers are in our favour; packaging light-weighting, the development of higher-technology polymer films and inks and the high emphasis on shelf-life and high shelf impact from brand owners. The future for TCL Packaging is very bright indeed”
Notes to editors
Mike Golding took over the reins at TCL Packaging in 2009 and after a management buy-out in 2012 became majority shareholder and will continue his holding going forward. The company has made significant capital investment in production equipment and in 2014 moved into a new 70,000 sq ft production unit, two and a half times the size of its previous Telford location. During a long period of sustained growth TCL has become recognised as one of the sector’s leading independent printed film producers.