Congratulations to Chris Pickthall who today celebrates his 30th anniversary at CPL Aromas.
It was back in June 1988 that Chris left a promising career with the stockbrokers Smith New Court in London and joined the family business. Chris was originally based at Barrington Hall where he worked with Barbara Carrington learning raw material purchasing and other aspects of the business.
He later worked at Brixworth where he became involved in the manufacturing side of the business whilst taking over full responsibility for raw material purchasing
During the early nineties, we purchased HE Daniel and Chris was drafted in to run the business alongside Terry Fox. Based at Tunbridge Wells, Chris demonstrated his great management skills to both integrate HE Daniel within the CPL Group but also to grow the company. As Managing Director of HE Daniel, Chris was responsible for a large business and made a great success of the operation in often difficult circumstances.
The profitability of our ingredients division was vital to the success of the company as we prepared to float the company on the London Stock exchange and Chris demonstrated a great ability to lead the team as we made the transition from Tunbridge Wells to Teesside where our ingredients division was now based.
Chris travelled the world and was responsible for CPL’s ingredients business in the USA where he spent a lot of time whilst travelling elsewhere to promote both the fragrance and flavour divisions.
As the company went back to its roots, divesting the Ingredients and Flavours business, to fund the public to private project; Chris turned his attention to the Fragrances division. When Terry Pickthall retired from the business, Chris’ experience meant he was the natural choice to become Group Managing Director.
In the years since Chris has been in charge the company has enjoyed uninterrupted growth which is testament to his drive and determination to move the business forward. We all admire the way in which Chris has found the time and energy to concentrate on his passion for the work of CAFOD where his influence and commitment has meant we have been able to donate significant funds to aid projects for such worthy causes.
Congratulations on 30 years at CPL Aromas Chris and thank-you for your huge contribution.