Sunderland factory boss is off to Africa for new role

Grundfos general manager Lee Carlin (right) shows Grundfos vice-president of group production Knud Kraegpoth around the Sunderland site.
Grundfos general manager Lee Carlin (right) shows Grundfos vice-president of group production Knud Kraegpoth around the Sunderland site.
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Grundfos boss Lee Carlin is on the move.

Lee Carlin – who has been general manager at the Castletown factory for six years – has been appointed as the company’s new area managing director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

He has already visited Johannesburg in South Africa, where he will be based, and attended a day-long session on the cultural differences between continents.

“My new area includes countries like Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria and there are big differences in culture and business culture between these countries, as well as huge cultural differences between Africa and Europe, so it’s best to be prepared,” he said.

Lee, 39, will be accompanied by wife Sonia and son Joshua, 11, but elder son Christian will remain on Wearside, where he is working.

Although excited 
about his new role, Lee admits he will be sad to 
leave Sunderland.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself here, and will miss friends and colleagues,” said Lee who, as well as being a member of the Sunderland Business Group, is also a member of the city’s NSPCC business board and a governor at Castle View Academy.

He is due to start 
his new role early next month and his successor at Grundfos will be announced soon.