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Retirement beckons for Cuddon boss

Cuddon Engineering. Photo: Matt Brown.

After almost 14 years at the helm of one of Blenheim’s oldest companies, a well-known businessman is ready to make some life changes.

Cuddon Limited Blenheim chief executive Andy Rowe has announced he is standing down from September.

Spending time with his wife Marion, his grandchildren and helping others in the community are top on his list of priorities, he says.

“Let’s call it semi-retirement as I will be looking for projects and or short-term work, so I don’t drive Marion mad.

“I think we had come to the realisation as a family through a number of events across our wider family members that we need to start to think about what our next steps were,” he says.

With other community commitments and Cuddon in a strong position, the time feels right to make a move, Andy says.

Terry Duff has been appointed as the new chief executive of the firm which is in its 87th year of operations.

Andy Rowe. Photo: Supplied.
Andy Rowe. Photo: Supplied.

The engineering manufacture business is in a strong position, making it a good time for change, Andy says.

“Cuddon Ltd is in a strong position and as such this is a good time for a shift in leadership, I think it is also very healthy for an organisation to have fresh eyes every so often.”

But bidding the business farewell will not be easy, he says.

“There are two really key areas that I will miss and the first of these are the people, particularly those that work within the business but also those that we do work for.

“The second thing is the huge range that we are able to do as an organisation at Cuddon Ltd across both national and international markets.”

Andy says he will spend time with the incoming CEO handing over the reins.

He the hopes to spend more time at the family’s Kenepuru Sound property.

“I will also be looking for some project-based pieces of work or using my skills to help others in business and or community.

It’ll be great to have time for the grandkids and their adventures as they progress.”

Making the announcement, principal shareholder and director John Cuddon says the firm was delighted to have attracted a new chief executive of Terry’s calibre.

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