Scotland’s Leading Independent Optical and Hearing Care Specialists Welcomes New CEO
Duncan and Todd Group, Scotland’s leading independent optical and hearing care specialists, has appointed Mat Norris as its new Group CEO. This strategic move is part of the company’s commitment to driving growth and excellence in eye and hearing care services.
Frances Rus, the outgoing CEO, will transition to Non-Executive Director, continuing to serve on the Board of Directors and remaining a significant shareholder in Duncan and Todd.
Under Frances Rus's visionary guidance, the Duncan and Todd Group has experienced significant growth, expanding its footprint across Scotland and investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Frances has played a pivotal role in steering the group through these transformative changes, demonstrating unwavering commitment to the company's success.
Mat Norris brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Formerly the CEO of Aqualisa, the UK’s leading smart and digital shower designer and manufacturer, Mat’s background in technical consumer products is complemented by leadership roles at Titon and directorial positions at Jim Lawrence Lighting, Johnson Matthey, and Philips.
Earlier this year Mat had the opportunity to collaborate with the Group during the relocation of its lens manufacturing arm Caledonian Optical into the new, state-of-the-art optical manufacturing facility in Dyce, Aberdeen.
During this time Mat was impressed by the team’s dedication and passion as well as the Group’s visionary plans for future growth.
Mat said “I am thrilled to join the fantastic team at Duncan and Todd and very pleased to continue to have Frances's expertise remain on the board. Frances’ deep insights, gained through devoted service to the industry, will help continue the success of the group.”
France Rus welcomed Mat’s appointment, saying “I extend my warmest congratulations to Mat in his new role. I know he will embrace the opportunities that lie ahead with the same passion and dedication that defines our organisation. His leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our company.”
Duncan Gibson, chair of Duncan & Todd Group, says “We are delighted that Mat will be joining the Group as CEO. Mat has an impressive track record of leadership within the consumer and manufacturing sectors and made a great impression when supporting the Caledonian Optical move to its impressive new facility.
“After nearly four decades of dedicated service and her significant role in growing our business, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Frances for her outstanding contributions. We look forward to her ongoing positive impact in her new capacity as a non-executive director.
“We have ambitious plans for the Group and we are delighted to have someone of Mat’s talent to lead our great team.”
Mat Norris's appointment as Group CEO marks a new chapter in the Duncan & Todd Group's continued growth and commitment to delivering exceptional eye and hearing care services to its communities.