Alasdair WaughManaging Director
Alasdair Waugh is Managing Director here at Universal Wolf. Originally joining Tharsus Group as Chief Operations Officer at Tharsus, he took up the role of MD at Universal Wolf in May 2020.
Read on to learn more about the leader of the pack….
You’ve had quite a varied career – could you start by talking us through your life prior to joining Universal Wolf?
Excluding my role as COO at Tharsus, my most recent role was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Operations for the Zumtobel Group, an LED lighting solutions and management company headquartered in Austria. In this role I was responsible for the Operations functions across 14 Global sites, including Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, New Product Introduction and Engineering.
Prior to Zumtobel, I held Operations and Director roles for companies including Tridonic and Philips Lighting.
What is it that you enjoy most about your role here?
I really enjoy the diversity of my role, and the influence I can have across all parts of our business. I also enjoy working with and developing our fantastic people – we really do have some fantastic talent, from apprentices to those more established in their working life. We have a very strong Pack mentality here, which means our colleagues will always feel supported as they progress through their careers.
Lastly, this business allows you to work with some fantastic customers, helping them to develop and manufacture truly innovative products.
Can you pinpoint a defining moment or decision that set you on your current path?
I think the most significant event for me was taking the decision to work overseas earlier in my career. This gave me the chance to work across many different cultures, and to meet many fascinating people in some truly wonderful places. This was a marvellous development opportunity that also broadened my own personal skills and experience.
What does success look like for you?
Success for me is continuing the remarkable growth journey for Universal Wolf, with our drive to work with like-minded customers that are making a difference in their own respective marketplaces.
I also want to continue our journey to operational excellence; making sure we develop our great people as we grow and improve, and affording a superior level of performance to our customers. This is what will make Universal Wolf a brand leader, and a customer’s first choice when it comes to partnering on Complex Fabrications and Solutions.
I’m also excited to be part of the sustained growth of Tharsus Group, as we continue to make a positive regional impact and create more employment opportunities.