Lorien Managing Director to Retire After Three Decades

December 2020

Lorien Engineering Solutions group managing director Steve Slater is to retire after more than three decades with the company.

(left to right): Steve Slater with David Mallinson
Steve Slater with David Mallinson

Slater joined as a process engineer and held various positions over 34 years culminating in a 13-year spell as managing director.

Lorien specialises in capital projects for food, brewing, drinks, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics. The company is headquartered in Burton-upon-Trent.

David Mallinson will succeed Slater as group managing director following his promotion to UK managing director 12 months ago. He now takes overall responsibility for Lorien’s operations in the UK, Poland and South Africa.

Steve Slater said:

“I feel truly privileged to have worked with such a talented and committed team and shared so many experiences and successes.

"Leaving Lorien will evoke mixed emotions as I look forward to the next phase of my life, but I know the company is in very safe hands under Dave’s experienced leadership. 

“As a business we have placed great emphasis on succession planning over recent years with the formation and continuous development of senior leadership teams in the UK and Poland. This puts us in a strong position for the future.”

Mallinson, who was previously engineering director, has been with Lorien for more than 11 years and has a track record of delivering successful projects and building strong client relationships.

As a Chartered Engineer, Mallinson’s background is in the design and implementation of manufacturing systems in the food and drink industry. Prior to Lorien he held senior engineering positions at a major food producer and an international packaging systems manufacturer.  

David Mallinson said: “Under Steve’s leadership we have enjoyed substantial growth and he will be a hard act to follow. I’m delighted to take on responsibility for our wider, international business and look forward to working with our talented team to drive further success.”

Lorien opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa last year to meet growing demand in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). A well-established office in Wrocław, Poland serves the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.

Lorien is a division of global engineering and technical services organisation GP Strategies Corporation, headquartered in Maryland, USA.