GKN ditches CEO designate Cummings, announces new write-off
November 16, 2017 | 12:51 PM
Kevin Cummings. Photo: File/GKN

London: GKN CEO-designate Kevin Cummings is leaving, the British engineering company announced on Thursday, after the aerospace division he used to run took a surprise writedown, sending the shares down 9 per cent.

Cummings, head of GKN Aerospace since 2014, was named in September as group chief executive to replace retiring Nigel Stein from January.

In October, the group issued a profit warning sparked by problems in the aerospace division.

It said then that its Aerospace North America division would incur a 15 million pound non-cash charge relating to revised assumptions on programme inventory and receivables balances at a plant in Alabama.

On Thursday it said a further write-off of 80 million to 130 million pounds ($105-$171 million) was likely following a review of working capital at its aerospace plants in North America.

"With the exception of the working capital write-off...all other guidance for the full year remains unchanged," it said.

Anne Stevens, currently a non-executive director, will assume the role of interim chief executive with effect from Jan. 1 2018, replacing Stein who steps down at the end of the year.

The company has launched an internal and external search for a new CEO.

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