ANCA Group appoints Christopher Hegarty

June 07, 2018 - 04:00pm
Christopher Hegarty

Christopher Hegarty was appointed ANCA Group CEO, succeeding Grant Anderson. After eight years in the role at ANCA, Grant Anderson will retire at the end of June. Chris joined the ANCA group from Switzerland in July 2017 as the Engineering Manager of CNC Machines and has more recently been appointed to General Manager of that division.

Pat Boland, Joint ANCA Co-Founder said: “Over the next few months The ANCA Leadership Team will be working together to ensure a seamless handover and ANCA will remain focused on our strategic goals and continue to delight our customers.”

“During Grant’s tenure at ANCA his leadership has seen the company flourish. I thank him for his significant contributions that have improved our culture, processes and products to place us at the forefront of our market segments.”

“Having worked with Chris over the last year I am confident of his vision for ANCA and know his global experience and in depth understanding of manufacturing will ensure a strong future for our business,” Pat concluded.

Dr Chris Hegarty, future ANCA Group CEO said: “ANCA is an incredible Australian success story, a high-tech advanced manufacturer with an enduring reputation for quality and performance.  I look forward to strengthening ANCA’s position in our core markets and taking up the challenge of addressing new markets.“

“The traditional tool and cutter grinding markets continues to be strong and growth in new tooling applications offers significant potential. We will redouble our efforts to leverage our technology, research and development capability and deep industry knowledge to design new products and innovations that support our customers to take advantage of these opportunities,” Chris concluded.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc., Chris completed his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent five years working for McKinsey and Company in Zurich.  He has extensive experience working for machine tool manufacturers in Europe and Australasia, including over fifteen years’ experience as CEO or general manager in other organisations.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.