Huddersfield-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Thornton & Ross, part of the STADA group, is underlining its growth ambitions with the appointment of Mick Cox as vice-president for consumer healthcare in the UK.

Mick’s remit is to drive the sales growth of the company’s current consumer portfolio – which includes household names such as Zoflora®, Covonia®, Oilatum® and Savlon® – as the business continues on its impressive growth trajectory.

Mick brings a wealth of experience in building high-profile, global brands, with a strong focus on profit and growth. He has a proven track record in creating innovation programs to generate sales growth across both developed and emerging markets.

He joins the business from Glaxosmithkline, where he was most recently vice-president for business integration, and before that was leading the Sensodyne brand to global sales over more than £1 billion. Mick began his career at Pfizer/Warner Lambert where he became a marketing specialist before moving to Kimberly Clark where he eventually became marketing director.

Mick’s arrival follows the recent appointment of Prof Stephen Makin as head of research and development.

Executive vice-president Roger Scarlett-Smith welcomed Mick to the team, expressing delight that STADA was again investing in the UK side of the business.

“I am delighted to welcome Mick to the business, he will be a valuable addition to our senior team,” said Roger. “He will play a pivotal role in promoting an innovation pipeline and driving brand penetration across the consumer healthcare division, through the energetic and creative leadership I know he will bring.

“He joins us at a time of continued expansion and will be a real asset in driving the business forward.”

Mick added: “I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and forward-thinking company, with its focus on caring for people’s health. I am looking forward to working with the current teams to help further drive the business forward.”

Thornton & Ross develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of branded over-the-counter medicines, dermatological solutions and other healthcare and hygiene products including Natures Aid®, Hedrin® and Setlers®.