Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises the senior executive management of the Group.

Jo Hallas

Jo Hallas

Chief Executive Officer

Jo joined Tyman on 1 March 2019 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2019. Jo was previously Business Group Director for Spectris plc, where she had responsibility for a portfolio of global industrial technology businesses. Prior to this, Jo led the Invensys heating controls business. She has also held senior commercial roles with the Bosch Group in the UK and Germany and ten years with Procter and Gamble in Germany, the USA and Asia. Jo is a former non-executive director of Norcros plc. She is a Chartered Engineer with an engineering degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jason Ashton

Jason Ashton

Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined Tyman on 29 April 2019 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 9 May 2019. Jason was formerly Interim Group Chief Financial Officer of Nomad Foods Limited, the UK-headquartered, NYSE-listed frozen foods group. Prior to this, he was Group Finance Director for the Iglo Group and has also held senior finance and commercial positions with Mondalez (Kraft), Plum Baby and Cadbury plc, based variously in the UK, Belgium, Poland, Russia and Turkey. Jason’s early career included roles with Diageo plc, Tetley Group and KPMG. Jason is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Bob Burns

Bob Burns

President – Tyman North America (AmesburyTruth)

Bob Burns was appointed President of AmesburyTruth in June 2019. Prior to this, Bob was President of Ashland (acquired by Tyman in 2018), where he achieved a significant improvement in financial and operational performance. From 2000 to 2012, Bob was Chief Operating Officer for Atrium Windows & Doors, a large US window manufacturer. Earlier in his career, he was VP Operations for Baldwin Hardware, a division of Masco. Bob has a degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Thunderbird.

Peter Santo

Peter Santo

President – Tyman International (SchlegelGiesse)

Peter Santo joined Tyman in January 2012 as Chief Executive Officer of SchlegelGiesse. Peter had previously held various commercial and general management roles over a long career with Kingspan plc, most recently as managing director for the European door components business. Peter’s early career was spent in operations management including roles with Pilkington plc and BP Chemicals. Peter has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds.

Helen Downer

Helen Downer

President - Tyman UK & Ireland (ERA)

Helen Downer was appointed President of the UK & Ireland Division (ERA) in April 2021, having joined Tyman in May 2019 as the Commercial Director of the UK & Ireland Division. Prior to this, Helen was the UK Managing Director and then Chief Commercial Officer for the Fetim Group. Helen’s earlier career included a transformation role for the Brush Group, and 15 years with the Tarmac Group with roles in the commercial, operations and finance functions. Helen has a BA in Business Management with Economy from the University of Worcester.