Pilkington will take up new post from April 1st.
Commenting on the new appointment John Crane said: “Simon is clearly highly respected in the industry and will undoubtedly add significant value to our business and this appointment is in accordance with the company’s succession planning strategy.”
John Crane will remain a full time director and will assist Pilkington in the delivery of the Company’s growth plans.
Commenting on his appointment, Pilkington said: “I am delighted to be joining John Crane Limited, which is known for its quality wooden and pre-school toys and strength of distribution. It provides an exciting and well established base from which to grow the business well into the future”.