Group Leadership Team

We demonstrate a ‘one team’ attitude and are led by our experienced executive Leadership Team who are responsible for developing our business and delivering value to all of our stakeholders – customers, employees and shareholders. Meet our leadership team by reading the profiles below.

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Charlie Peppiatt
Chief Executive Officer

Charlie joined Stadium as Group Operations Director in October 2011 from Laird Plc, a FTSE 250 global electronics company, he was appointed as CEO of Stadium Group plc in June 2013. He continues to lead the company’s transformation into a design-led electronic technologies business focused on wireless (M2M/IoT) solutions, power supplies and electronic assemblies serviced from an operating model of global design, manufacturing and fulfilment centres.

Charlie was formerly Vice President of Global Operations for Laird Technologies and held previous senior roles during his 18 years with the company including VP of Operations (Mobile Antenna Systems), General Manager of Laird Technologies Beijing and Shenzhen, Operations Director of LSSD and Managing Director of Intron Ltd.


Winston North
Group Finance Director  & Company Secretary

Winston joined Stadium in May 2017, from FTSE 250 engineering group IMI plc, where he was Finance & IT Director at its Hydronic Engineering Division based in Geneva, leading a large finance and IT team in a £300m global manufacturing division operating from six factories.

Winston has extensive experience within dynamic manufacturing businesses with global footprints. Between 2007-2012 Winston was European Chief Financial Officer for IMI’s Precision Engineering business.

Previously Winston has held roles as Group CFO for seven years at Knuerr AG, a publically listed German engineering group, and Finance Director of g4 Limited, a self-funded investment company, which acquired Knuerr.

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Kjell Karlsson
Managing Director – Connectivity division

Kjell is responsible for leading business growth in the global wireless space and managing Stadium’s Connectivity division. Based at the divisional headquarters in Stockholm, he joined the Company in May 2016 with 18 years’ experience in the wireless electronics sector.

Former roles include managing director EU and USA for Sunway Communications working with customers including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Samsung with responsibility for global design and sales teams in California (Cupertino), Taiwan (Taipei), China (Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen) and Sweden (Kista).

Previously Kjell was engineering director with Laird Technologies based in Beijing and Stockholm.


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Vince Light
Managing Director – HMI division

Vince is responsible for leading business growth in the HMI technology space and managing Stadium’s HMI division.

With a strong technical background Vince leads the interface and displays technology strategy for the Group ensuring that Stadium’s HMI know-how, designs and processes are at the forefront of our customers’ product roadmap.

He joined Stadium with the acquisition of IGT Industries in 2012 where he was a founding director of this successful business.

Previously he held an engineering position at NFI Electronics Ltd, where he developed early technological innovations in HMI.

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Sohan Singh
Managing Director –Stadium Asia

Asia Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (AMCE) / Electronic Assemblies Asia

Sohan is responsible for Stadium Asia and the management of the Group’s manufacturing centre of excellence in Dongguan, China.

He has a wealth of experience in the global electronics industry and a strong track record of business transformation and operational excellence throughout his career.

Sohan joined Stadium in February 2013 following 30 years with Motorola in multiple locations where he held several senior executive roles including senior director global strategic sourcing and senior director supplier and manufacturing quality.

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Chris Short
Managing Director

Europe Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (EMCE) / Electronic Assemblies Europe

Chris is responsible for the management of the Group’s Europe manufacturing centre of excellence in Hartlepool, UK, including all aspects of the delivery of the electronics assembly and wireless manufacturing programmes.

He joined Stadium in August 2015, with 27 years’ operational experience in the electronics industry, from Thorn Lighting (Zumtobel Group) where he was UK operations director. Previous roles include global quality director at Thorn Lighting, operations and company director at Cowie Technology Group, global advanced engineering manager at Black & Decker Power Tools (USA) and engineer at Nissan Motor Manufacturers.


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Wei Siong Tan
Group Supply Chain Director

Wei Siong is responsible for the global procurement and supply chain strategy of the Group, delivering a robust, competitive and globally sustainable supply chain programme. He manages the global purchasing and materials management teams and co-ordinates the service from the Group’s regional fulfilment centres in Hong Kong and Reading, UK. He is also Managing Director of Stadium Shanghai.

Wei Siong joined Stadium in September 2014 from Laird PLC where he was the vice president of procurement for the telematics division with responsibility for an annual spend of over £100m.

Previously he held the role of operations manager for Laird Technology’s mobile phone mechanism division in Beijing.

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Julian Smith
Group IT Director

Julian is responsible for Group-wide IT strategy and service to all users which includes the delivery and management of IT infrastructure, applications, integration (M&A) and most specifically the delivery of Stadium’s new ERP system – Epicor.

Julian joined Stadium in January 2016 with over 30 years’ global IT experience and a sustained record of success leading complex technology programmes within multi-national, blue chip companies.  Former roles include ERP Programme Director at Geoquip Marine, IT Director at Goodrich Aerospace, Senior IT Director and multiple other roles within Oracle Corporation, IT Manager at Datalogix Corporation and a wide variety of global consulting and systems development positions.