Company background

Headquartered in Yorkshire, KKI is owned by Nihon KOSO Co. Ltd. of Japan, a global leader in the controls and process automation systems market. Originally formed in 1967 under the name Introl Ltd, the company has evolved over the years, becoming stronger with each change and better positioned to meet the demands of a constantly changing exploration marketplace.

KKI specialises in the supply of standard service control valves, severe service control valves, high-technology surface and sub sea choke valves and high-performance rotary valves for the global oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries. The business manufactures at its plant in the UK and enjoys a formidable reputation for exceptional quality of design, production and customer service.

The brief

Directorbank was approached by the Board of KKI to help identify an exceptional candidate to facilitate a successful succession exercise to replace their long serving FD at his point of retirement.  A key aspect of the search was to source a shortlist of candidates who possessed international engineering and manufacturing experience to support and compliment a small and highly experienced team. The blend of technical, operational and commercial qualities required to ensure the retiring Finance Director was replaced effectively made the selection criteria highly focussed.

The search process and result

Utilising our highly skilled research team combined with our existing knowledge of the engineering and manufacturing market across the Midlands and North of England, Directorbank was able to identify an extensive long list of potential candidates from a broad range of relevant businesses.  After meeting and assessing in excess of 20 potential candidates, a shortlist of 5 high calibre individuals was delivered to the client. Following a round of interviews a preferred candidate was chosen and successfully appointed to the position to facilitate an effective handover from the retiring FD.