SQ welcomes Graham Makin as its new Non-Executive Director

August 7, 2015

With much pleasure, the management of SQ announces the appointment of Graham Makin as Non-Executive Director of the Group, effective August 1, 2015. 

In this role, Graham will provide advice, guidance and support to the Board of Directors and Senior Management of SQ Group in areas of business strategy, manufacturing operations, product design and development, business structure, and the aspects of key customer management. He will also be actively involved in evaluating and formulating the Group’s strategic directions related to present and future investment plans and opportunities, including business expansion and diversification initiatives.

Graham comes to SQ with an excellent global reputation and success stories built around his almost 50 years’ experience in the clothing industry. Prior to this new role, he was involved with Ciel Textiles Group as a Business Advisor. His main responsibilities included advising the Board in setting up strategic goals in the areas of customer relations and developments.

Before Ciel, Graham managed the business of Coats Viyella Knitwear, the largest knitwear manufacturer of the UK, as the Managing Director. Under his leadership, Coats achieved remarkable improvement in its operations. After his engagement with Coats, he assumed the responsibility of Main Board Director at Quantum Clothing Group. In addition to his involvement at tactical levels, he also played the critical operational function at Quantum being Managing Director of Stevensons, Europe’s largest garment dye house; and Quantum Knitwear, an automated garment knitting factory. Graham was also a Commercial Director at Crystal Martin Knitwear (part of Crystal Group); and during his stay with Crystal, he helped increase the turnover of knitwear business significantly. He played a leading role in setting up manufacturing operations in Bangladesh, and in profit improvement plan in Sri Lankan operations.   

This is a perfect time for Graham to assume this role in SQ. Over the last few years, SQ Group has invested heavily to drive a transformational shift - in terms of building up capacities, adopting best-in-class technologies, instilling sound business processes and assembling a pool of world-class talents. Graham’s exceptional knowledge and expertise in global apparel business would be a significant source of value creation in SQ’s business. His joining will further improve the standing of SQ as one of the most preferred apparel manufacturers of Asia.