MANCHESTER: 2nd January 2002: Luxfer announced today that Brian Purves has been confirmed as Chief Executive of the Luxfer Group.

Brian Purves was appointed to the post of Acting Chief Executive on the 28th September 2001 when Ian McKinnon stepped down from his post as Chief Executive of the Luxfer Group.

Brian has been Group Finance Director since February 1996, when the new Group was formed, originally under the name of British Aluminium, following a management buy-in from Alcan. In that role Brian played a leading part in establishing Luxfer as a successful international engineering materials company.

Brian is 46 years old and began his career at British Leyland, going on to hold a number of senior positions within the Rover Group. Notably in 1992 he was appointed Commercial Operations Director for Rover Europe, where he had financial and commercial responsibility for over £4 billion of turnover.

Jeff Whalley, Luxfer’s Chairman commented “Brian’s appointment is made at a time when the external trading environment is more difficult than at any time since the Group was formed. However, I am very confident that Brian’s experience and knowledge of the Group, combined with the support of a strong management team, will lead the business safely through the current economic and market difficulties.”

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