Sauter Automation appoints Chris Reid as new UK MD

Mark Clinch, former MD, appointed to Sauter Group Management Board

Sauter Automation Limited has announced the appointment of Chris Reid as its new UK managing director. Chris takes over from Mark Clinch, who has been appointed as VP, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Sauter Group.

Mark Clinch said,

“We are delighted that Chris has taken on this role in the UK, and believe that his energy and experience will be key to continuing our growth. In addition, his FM experience will allow him to contribute fully to the ambitious growth plans of Wren Environmental (SAL’s Technical FM business).”

Chris Reid, said;

“I am really excited by the opportunity to lead this business and build on the amazing growth that it has achieved over the last few years under Mark’s leadership. It is a great time to join the Sauter ‘Family’ with Modulo 6 and the Smart Actuator range both coming to the UK this year. These are innovative products which I believe will see us take a big step ahead of the market.”

Chris has over 20 years’ experience within Operations, Maintenance, Business Development and Project Delivery Functions, with a proven, in-depth understanding of energy management solutions and field based engineering services delivery. His previous role was as Head of Sustainability Operations for Mitie Energy’s UK business, where he gained more valuable experience of the large Facilities Management business.

Mark has spent over 25 years with Sauter in various technical and commercial roles before being appointed as UK MD. In his new position he will have responsibility for Sauter’s subsidiary businesses across the key European region alongside support for these functions in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and the US. He will now spend much of his time based in Basel, Switzerland, home to Sauter’s Head Office.

Commenting on his new role, Mark said;

“Sauter has a well earnt reputation for providing the highest quality engineering solutions, backed by strong support and training functions. Our new products are set to put us at the forefront of building automation which makes this an exciting time to be taking on this international role.”


Over the last 100 years, the globally active SAUTER Group, based in Basel (Switzerland) with a new development and production site in Freiburg (Germany), has developed and provided products, expertise and solutions for building management and room automation over the entire building life cycle. Sauter Group has grown significantly in recent years and now employs 2,500 people worldwide with a turnover of approx. €445 million, making it one of the leading providers in the building automation sector. The UK company has its headquarters in Basingstoke with other offices in London, Manchester and Wolverhampton. The company’s product range is distinguished by its Swiss quality and covers services, projects and facility management.