Nigel Hunton

I played a key role in positioning the $1billion-revenue, private-equity backed business for a successful IPO on Nasdaq in 2012, which led to my being shortlisted as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.

CEO, MBA Polymers

Career path

I have made good use of my degree with over 30 years experience in high technology industries; including industrial gases, vacuum technology and waste recycling. My current role is as CEO of the leading post-consumer plastic recycling company MBA Polymers.

MBA Polymers is a world leader in producing high value plastics from end-of-life (ELV) durable goods. We save over 80% of the energy and between 1-3 tons of CO2 for every ton of virgin plastic we replace. MBA is changing the way the world sees recycled plastic, creating a highly valuable commodity and significant economic benefit.

I am also a member of the Footdown 15, a group of Chief Executives who challenge and encourage entrepreneurial and creative business leadership. Outside work, I mentor several executives to ensure the next generation of leaders build on my personal values of teamwork, integrity and trust.

Background

Prior to joining MBA Polymers, I was Chairman of Edwards. Edwards is one of the UK's largest industrial technology companies, providing innovative vacuum and abatement technologies to clients including Waters and Samsung. I played a key role in positioning the $1billion-revenue, private-equity backed business for a successful IPO on Nasdaq in 2012, which led to my being shortlisted as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.

I have undertaken assignments in the US and Asia (Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea), where I developed a deep understanding of international business, emerging technologies and cultures. In 2010 I received the Commendation of Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) from the government of South Korea, in recognition of my contribution to the Korean economy.

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