Paul Davies (left) will take over as president and managing director for ADL, while Colin...

Paul Davies (left) will take over as president and managing director for ADL, while Colin Robertson (right) will join the NFI Group's board as vice chair.


Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) announced that CEO Colin Robertson, who, having spearheaded ADL’s success for 13 years, will be appointed to NFI’s board of directors to serve in the role as vice chair and will be succeeded by Paul Davies as ADL’s president and managing director.

As part of NFI’s acquisition of ADL in May 2019, Robertson agreed to remain in his current role until May 2020, which has now been extended to September 30. The extension will allow for a period of transition to provide a seamless handover to Davies and to ensure business continuity when he returns to his native Scotland in July 2020.

Davies joined Alexander Dennis in 1997 and has over 25 years of automotive and rail industry experience. As regional managing director based in Hong Kong, he led the company’s long-term profitable growth in the Asia Pacific region for the past 20 years.

Upon being appointed to the NFI board in September in the new role as vice chair, Robertson will assist Board Chair, the Honorable Brian Tobin, and Paul Soubry, president and CEO of NFI, in supporting NFI’s international growth. Robertson draws on over 30 years of operational and senior leadership experience in manufacturing, including his 13 years as CEO of ADL. During his tenure, he transformed ADL into the UK bus market leader and global leader for double-deck buses through a relentless focus on the customer and combining operational excellence, innovative products, and best-in-class aftermarket support, stated company officials.