Cobham share price rises as it poaches new finance boss David Mellors from QinetiQ

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Engineering group Cobham has hired a new finance chief in a bid to improve the crisis-hit firm's fortunes.

Investors have punished Cobham following an accounting scandal, a string of profit warnings as well as a $500m rights issue.

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Now David Mellors, who replaces Simon Nicholls​, will have to shore up City confidence when he takes up the role no later than 1 January, pending confirmation.

The firm's shares closed up 5.02 per cent to 157.96p per share on the news. Nevertheless, they're still down around 30 per cent year-to-date.

Mellors is currently chief financial officer at FTSE 250-listed science and engineering group QinetiQ, where he played a leading role in its successful transformation.

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He studied physics at Oxford and used to work at IT and management consultancy Logica, as well as a string of City names such as miner Rio Tinto and accountancy firm PwC.

John Devaney, chairman of Cobham, said: "David will be a welcome addition to the board and we look forward to working with him. Cobham will benefit from his experience as we move into the next phase of growth."