National Express finance director alights for Croda
Birmingham-based transport operator National Express has started a search for a new group finance director after Jez Maiden handed in his resignation to join Croda International.
Maiden will take up the role of finance director at the Goole-based specialty chemicals group in the new year.
He has agreed to remain with National Express for the time being to ensure an orderly handover and the board has started a hunt for his successor, considering internal and external candidates.
The board has appointed Matthew Ashley, currently finance director of National Express' UK bus business and formerly group financial controller, as interim group finance director.
Group chief executive Dean Finch said: "On behalf of everyone at National Express I would like to thank Jez for the significant contribution he has made as finance director over the past six years. We understand the reasons behind his decision and wish him every success in the future."
Maiden added: "I have had a hugely enjoyable and rewarding time at National Express and will be sad to leave. I am looking forward to my new opportunity at Croda, in an industry where I began my plc career, and am confident National Express will continue to go from strength to strength."