BANGKOK -- Fabrinet today announced Seamus Grady has been appointed chief executive, superseding Tom Mitchell, who has been CEO since he founded the company in 2000.

Grady was also named to the EMS company's board of directors.

Grady most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Sanmina's Mechanical Systems division, where he oversaw 10 facilities in five countries. Grady’s tenure at Sanmina spanned 13 years, including the past eight years with progressively increasing leadership responsibilities. Grady also held operations, materials and supply chain management leadership positions at Lucent Technologies and Manufacturers Services. He holds a bachelor’s in manufacturing technology from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Tom Mitchell, founder and executive chairman of Fabrinet, said, “We are enthusiastic to have someone of Seamus’ caliber join Fabrinet as Chief Executive Officer. I am confident Seamus will be able to lead our organization as we further strengthen our position in the marketplace. In my new role as Executive Chairman, I also am eager to continue serving the company strategically and as a mentor and coach to the executive team.”

“I am honored to join Fabrinet at this exciting time in the company’s evolution,” said Grady. “Tom Mitchell has built a fantastic company that is well-positioned for a strong and successful future. I look forward to working closely with Tom, the Fabrinet leadership team and our more than 10,000 employees around the world in support of Fabrinet’s growing leadership as a trusted manufacturing partner to our broadening customer base.”

In going outside for the hire, Fabrinet passed on promoting Harpal Gill, who has been COO at the company since 2009 and president since 2011.

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