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Tony RUSSEL

Global Head of Paint Automation
ABB

I am a British National born just outside of the City of Birmingham.
Married for almost 30 years.

A brief overview of my work history…
Rover UK
• Completed an Austin Apprenticeship
• Studied with the Open University Milton Keynes
• Worked with Warwick University on the development of the “Low Pressure Sand”
Aluminium Foundry process and built two full scale LPS foundries at Rover.
• Held several Engineering and supervisory positions.
Toyota UK
• Joined Toyota UK to build a new paint shop as part of the new UK vehicle plant.
• Held several paint Group Leader positions before being promoted to manager.
General Motors
• After Joining GM to build their first vehicle plant in China, Shanghai I have moved around the globe managing GM paint plants in Rayong Thailand, Adelaide Australia, Lansing USA, St Petersburg Russia, Zaragoza Spain, I also spent seven years as the Shop Director responsible for all of the European Paint plants (11 at the time). I also managed the GM General Assembly Plant in Lansing USA and was finally repatriated to Vauxhall in the UK at the end of 2013.
ABB International
• I joined ABB in April 2015 as the Global Head of Paint Automation.

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