Robert Brown, Managing Director of Molson Compact Equipment and Molson Group Executive Board member has decided to retire with effect from the 31st July following a distinguished career, as part of a planned departure.
Robert said, “My retirement had been planned for some time following the culmination of many factors, not least the birth of my first Grandson and enjoying more time back in Cornwall where I was born and raised.
From humble beginnings, when I started my career operating a drilling rig for a contractor at the China Clay Pits in St Austell, I am very fortunate to have worked in a wide range of businesses in the construction sector that has seen me travel the world and work with some great people.
On reflection, it is the number of people that have worked for me that have gone on to become business leaders in their own right that gives me the most satisfaction, rather than just the numbers achieved, or deals done. I have always believed that if you surround yourself with good people and give them the autonomy to make their own decisions, a business can truly flourish.
With notable periods including working throughout America for Panther Hydraulic Breakers in a role where I became a company director for the first time at the age of 27 before being quickly promoted to the position of Vice President. However, the reality of my first child on the way resulted in me making the move back to England where I found a role with Brown Lenox & Co Ltd. (a subsidiary of Powerscreen) to run their UK sales team, before eventually taking over the European territory for them.
Following the acquisition of Benford by Powerscreen in 1994, I was promoted to become MD for Benford at the tender age of 34. This allowed me to build on previous experience of shaping a light equipment business and it was this role that eventually lead me to work for Ammann. From which saw the formation of A&Y Group in 2013 with which we purchased the UK distribution rights of Ammann and Yanmar products throughout the UK.
My time with Molson has been as fast-paced and eventful as you would expect for anyone that has seen their impressive growth over recent years. Although we traded as A&Y Group from 2013-2018 before being re-branded as Molson Compact Equipment, the unrivalled growth has only been achieved by a continuous desire to improve both as a business and how we serve our customers. As a member of the Molson Group executive board of Directors, I am immensely proud of the milestones we have achieved.”
The company stated, “Robert has been a fantastic ambassador for the construction equipment industry over many years and will certainly be missed as he steps back to enjoy his well-deserved retirement, with our gratitude for all his hard work. I am sure Robert will deservedly look back with pride on the many successes that he has achieved.”
CEA’s Chief Executive, Rob Oliver writes, “It will be strange going to various trade shows in the future and not seeing Robert round and about. I remember he was one of the early supporters of PLANTWORX and his knowledge of the industry is second to none. All good wishes for a great “down time” from the team at the CEA”.