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Steel sector mourns William Hare CEO

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David Hodgkiss OBE, CEO of steelwork contractor William Hare and grandson of the company’s founder, has died after a short illness, he was 71.

A company statement said: “Many clients and employees will have met or worked directly with David and know of his enduring passion and enthusiasm for his family’s business. David’s legacy through his dynamic leadership can be seen throughout the global business.

“In this testing time of a global pandemic, David wished for all colleagues to continue their positive attitude towards every facet of their respective work, to ensure continued and successful services to our clients.”

David’s sister and William Hare Chairman, Susan Hodgkiss CBE DL, said: “He will be sadly missed by the construction world and many others, and our thoughts are with his wife Shirley and family.”

David and Susan together had put measures in place to ensure that there is a legacy plan with the family to maintain a direct involvement, securing the heritage and future direction of a successful family business.

William Hare Group Board have announced, in order to ensure business continuity, that Hugo Camacho has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer.

A keen sports fan, David was Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club and over many years of service he was also previously the Club’s Treasurer and Vice Chairman.

A club statement said: “Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket club announces the passing of its Chairman; David Hodgkiss OBE.

He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.

Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.”







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