Derek Whitworth has been on our board of directors since our formation, and was previously on the board of Octo S.p.A. He graduated from Imperial College London with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In 1981 he joined Rolls-Royce PLC as a Manufacturing Manager where he stayed until 1993, when he moved to Tomkins PLC as a Manufacturing Director for Hattersley Heaton. From 1996 to 2002, he worked for TRW Aeronautical Systems, initially as Operations General Manager, Engine Control and then as Vice President, Customer Satisfaction & Quality. In 2002, he left to join Pall Corp, as the VP of Operations for the Industrial Division. Subsequently, from 2005 to 2012, he was CEO and President of TMD Friction. In 2012, he became Operating Partner of Pamplona Capital Management where he works presently.