Thordon Bearings appoints CEO
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Thordon Bearings Inc., a Thomson-Gordon Group company, has appointed Anna Galoni as CEO, taking over for Terry McGowan, who has retired after 14 years in the role.
“I am very excited to be leading Thordon Bearings at this new juncture in its long and illustrious history,” said Galoni. “I look forward to working with the Senior Management Team to build on the work of my predecessor and to ensure the company remains at the very forefront of environmentally focused clean power generation and industrial pump seal and bearing solutions.”
Galoni joined the Burlington, Ontario-headquartered company in 2007 after graduating from Queens University with a Masters’ Degree in Epidemiology. She held a number of senior roles in several departments including human resources director, and new product development director and chair, Thordon Bearings.
As the company’s first female CEO, Galoni hopes the appointment will encourage more women to consider senior executive positions in the maritime and industrial manufacturing sectors.
“A woman does bring a different viewpoint to the boardroom, but these industries are still male-dominated industries,” said Galoni. “We recently advertised a senior role but when I asked about the proportion of women that had applied for the role, I was shocked to learn there were none. Maybe they might be more open to applying for jobs in the manufacturing sector when there is a female at the helm, I don’t know. What I do know is that these industries need to be made more attractive to women. Boardrooms need to be diverse; they need to be open to different concepts, different perspectives, different ideas.”