Dyson’s new role will focus more on inventing and engineering, and although his formal job title is yet to be confirmed, it is expected to be akin to chief engineer.
Bob Ayling, the company’s current vice-chairman, will replace Dyson in a move that has been expected within the company for some time.
Dyson says, ‘Bob has vision and an incisive mind; for the past seven years he has worked with our excellent chief executive Martin McCourt to help steer Dyson to global success. It now makes good sense to ask Bob to step up and become chairman.’
The announcement comes a week after the release of Dyson’s report for the Conservative Party, which outlines proposals to stimulate British industry. Despite speculation that the move further signals that the inventor is preparing for a role in a potential Tory administration, this has been denied by Dyson.
He says, ’I am an inventor, not a politician. There is no job offer from the Conservatives but I am encouraged that they’re taking science and technology seriously.’