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issue: January 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Dave McCulloch of Enodis plc

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In May 2002, after working 16 years with the company, Dave McCulloch was named COO of Enodis plc (New Port Richey, FL, U.S.), a worldwide food equipment manufacturing company.

Dave McCulloch

Mr. McCulloch graduated from the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland) in 1968 with a B.S. in pure science. After graduating, he began his career in the manufacturing industry as a work study trainee with HJ Heinz (London, England), a producer of ketchup, soup, and baby foods.

Over the next 34 years, he worked his way through the appliance industry, holding positions at various companies, including foreman for Kralinator Filters (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada), Laundry Division manufacturing manager with GSW Appliances Ltd. (London, Ontario, Canada), and Refrigeration and Range Plant manufacturing manager for Camco Inc. (Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He arrived at Enodis Corporation in 1986 as vice president of Operations for Garland Commercial Ranges Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).

As COO of Enodis, Mr. McCulloch is involved in the sales, service, manufacturing, engineering, and marketing aspects of the organization. He is responsible for 28 factories in 8 countries, including the U.S., Europe, and Asia and also oversees the Enodis Technology Center (New Port Richey, FL, U.S.).

Mr. McCulloch says that one career challenge he recently confronted was working with the CEO in a complete recapitalization of Enodis plc, which required various meetings with investors, banks, and bondholders throughout the U.S. and Europe.

"We developed and sold a clear strategy for the business and completed a successful recapitalization," he explains.

Challenges often lead to rewards, and Mr. McCulloch has had his share of achievements. He cites the rapid turnaround of the North American Food Service Group in the second half of 2001 as one example. This was accomplished by reducing costs and introducing new products. His strategy included employing a 15-percent reduction in salaried headcount, value analysis to reduce product costs, and stringent cost control.

His most rewarding experience, he says, was in September 2001 at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) show, where Enodis introduced a record 20 new products.

Another valuable learning experience in his career was his relationship with Ralph Barford, the owner of GSW Appliances Ltd. and Mr. McCulloch's mentor. "He taught me how to look at the business through his eyes and the importance of every dollar," he says.

As for his future as an Enodis director and executive member, Mr. McCulloch looks forward to "working with the Executive team to dramatically improve shareholder value by making Enodis the clear leader globally in foodservice equipment through excellence in product, distribution, and service."

Mr. McCulloch spends his leisure time golfing and playing the piano. He especially delights in spoiling his young grandson, Dylan.


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