A US national, Gillis was most recently president and CEO of Algeco Scotsman, a global service company specialising in modular space and secure storage with annual revenues of €1.4 billion. He has also held senior positions with Procter & Gamble, McKinsey and United Technologies Corp in a number of countries.
 
Philip Bowman, chief executive of John Crane parent company Smiths Group, said: “Duncan has an outstanding track record in growing multi-country businesses with high exposure to emerging markets. He has thrived in performance-driven cultures and his background ideally equips him to take John Crane on to the next stage of its development.”
 
John Crane’s Indufil business includes filter elements, fuel gas filtration, fuel oil filtration, liquid filtration and seal gas filtration.