Bedford Recruits Top Executive for RAMPF Composite Solutions


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Toronto, ON / Gräfenberg, Germany (July 20, 2018) – The Bedford Consulting Group is pleased to announce the completion of a key executive search with RAMPF Composite Solutions – a division of the RAMPF Group.


Bedford’s North American Manufacturing practice – co-led by Darren Raycroft – successfully completed the search for the new Chief Executive Officer for RAMPF Composite Solutions. Larry Fitzgerald will assume the position in September 2018.


Mr. Fitzgerald’s broad background includes management consulting, where he specialized in productivity improvement, commercialization, and aerospace-related business ventures. Prior, he held the role of President and CEO for Wainbee Limited and brings deep aerospace experience from his roles as Vice-President of Operations for Precision Castparts in Canada, Vice-President and General Manager of Centra Industries, and General Manager for Honeywell Aerospace.


He has held numerous industry board positions, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada and previously held Board positions with the Ontario Aerospace Council, and the Ontario Manufacturing Council.


“I am excited to be joining the RAMPF Composite Solutions team.  I am looking forward to building on recent successes to build a world class business with a sustainable future.   The combination of design expertise in the composites space and innovative production processes will make RAMPF a solid partner of choice for our current and future Customers” said Mr. Fitzgerald.


Michael Rampf, Managing Director of RAMPF Holding GmbH added, “We went through a thorough search process, led by Darren Raycroft from The Bedford Consulting Group, in order to find the right person to lead our team in Burlington. We are very excited about the appointment of Larry Fitzgerald as our new CEO of RAMPF Composite Solutions. Larry is a deeply experienced leader and is well respected and connected within the North American aerospace industry. His deep lean manufacturing expertise will be critical in helping us bring our manufacturing processes to the next level. To us, as a privately held family business, it is imperative our CEO lead the company according to our high values and entrepreneurial spirit; it is clear that Larry is the right leader to move our Composite Solutions business forward.”


ABOUT RAMPF COMPOSITES: The German RAMPF Group is present in the market with more than 800 employees and six core competencies: RAMPF Machine Systems, RAMPF Production Systems, RAMPF Composite Solutions, RAMPF Eco Solutions, RAMPF Polymer Solutions, and RAMPF Tooling Solutions. In 2016, RAMPF acquired the Canadian company APEX Composites and integrated it into the Group as the new core competency; RAMPF Composite Solutions. RAMPF Composite Solutions enters the global composites market as a holistic supplier to companies in the aerospace and medical industries. It offers a complete suite of services including composite part design and engineering, tool making, tailored fiber placement, composite manufacturing to very tight tolerances, and metal-to-composite conversion engineering.


ABOUT THE BEDFORD CONSULTING GROUP: The Bedford Consulting Group is one of North America’s leading executive search firms and a member of Transearch International, one of the leading executive search organizations in the world. Darren Raycroft co-leads the manufacturing and distribution practice and brings many years of executive search and strategic consulting experience, where he has completed 220+ executive search engagements with a focus on the Manufacturing, Distribution and Life Sciences verticals.