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HydroChem appoints new CEO

HydroChem has named Mike Lenton as its new CEO.

Lenton’s predecessor, Nick Duncan, will be moving into a full-time strategy, talent-development and project role. Duncan has been credited with transitioning HydroChem to a national operation over the past 15 years.

“Having recently completed 18 successful years as the General Manager of Hydro Flow, Mike is well regarded throughout the industry for being passionate about service excellence and delivering results-focused technical solutions,” Duncan says. “Complementing this is Mike’s background in industrial automation and process control, which he attained through careers with Honeywell and Mount Isa Mines.”

Lenton took over the reins on June 1, shortly following his involvement in a 100ML dam construction project at Mount Buller.

“I am excited to join the HydroChem team as CEO,” he says. “Nick has done a great job leading HydroChem over the last 15 years, and I now have the opportunity to continue developing and shaping the company to ensure we provide the best customer service and the best technical solutions no matter the market sector.

“I have admired the loyalty of both HydroChem’s customers and employees and, understanding the correlation, I will be working to ensure this bond continues to strengthen.

“In addition, being someone who values the benefits that technology and automation brings to a business and its customers, I have been impressed with the way HydroChem has been able to improve service levels and compliance to customers through instantaneous electronic reporting and the industry-leading ‘Clarity’ platform.”

Lenton is also impressed with HydroChem’s Braeside facility and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“HydroChem has also significantly reduced the hazards associated with operating a chemical blending and packaging facility through the automation of the Braeside facility,” he says. “Agility is an important attribute when your business is customer service, and one can only be impressed with the ability of HydroChem to quickly set up a new hand sanitiser production line to meet the demands of the COVID 19 pandemic.”

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