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News   January 14, 2011   by Auto Service World

Armored AutoGroup Announces Management Team


Armored AutoGroup Inc. has announced that it has completed the formation of its senior leadership team following its acquisition in November 2010 of The Clorox Company’s Global AutoCare Business.
Armored AutoGroup’s new senior leadership team incorporates individuals that held senior positions with the business under Clorox ownership, as well as recent new hires. Armored AutoGroup is comprised primarily of the Armor All and STP automotive aftermarket brands.
David Lundstedt, Armored AutoGroup’s chairman and CEO, said, “Since the purchase of Armor All and STP from The Clorox Company, I have been impressed by the depth and quality of the management team that joined Armored AutoGroup from Clorox. Because Armor All and STP were not operated as a standalone business within Clorox, we needed to complement the existing team with additional resources in order to function as an independent company and to realize our ambitious strategic objectives.”
Derek Gordon, executive vice president and president of North America, said, “I am thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to Armored AutoGroup. Together with our existing team members, including several newly-promoted individuals, these managers will constitute the Armored AutoGroup senior leadership team. This team has the expertise, experience, and strategic insight needed to drive strong growth for the business.”
Effective immediately, the following executives have been appointed to their respective new, global functional roles:
•Guy Andrysick, executive vice president, sales and marketing.
Before joining Armored AutoGroup, Andrysick was the senior vice president of global sales for Honeywell’s Consumer Products Division, which marketed automotive aftermarket products including Prestone antifreeze and car care products, Fram oil and air filters, and Autolite sparkplugs. Prior to his time at Honeywell, Andrysick was vice president of sales and a member of the management team that led the management buyout of Prestone Products Corporation when it was sold by First Brands and subsequently acquired by AlliedSignal.

•Dan Steimle, executive vice president, chief financial officer.
Steimle has nearly two decades of experience as CFO of a variety of companies, including Advanced Fiber Communications, Hybrid Networks, LGC Wireless, and PlanetOut.

•Frank Judge, vice president, general counsel.
Judge most recently served on the legal team of Victorinox, a leading Swiss manufacturer of goods under the Swiss Army and Victorinox brands. Prior to that, he was the general counsel of the Honeywell Consumer Products Group, where he previously worked with Lundstedt and Andrysick. Prior to Honeywell, Judge held multiple senior positions within the legal department of Timex Group.

•Robin Trainor, vice president, human resources.
Trainor has held senior executive positions within the human resources function at UBS, Altria/Philip Morris, and Kraft Foods.

•Mike Connolly, vice president, international business development.
Connolly has spent the majority of his career serving in a variety of international sales roles for consumer product companies, including Clorox, First Brands, and Union Carbide.

•Fred Squires, chief information officer.
Before joining Armored AutoGroup, Squires served as chief information officer at Sun Products, which was formed through a leveraged buyout that combined Huish Detergents with Unilever’s North American laundry care business. While at Sun Products, Squires successfully designed and implemented a new IT platform for the business. During this process, he worked closely with Lundstedt, who was president of Sun Products at the time. He previously worked as an IT consultant with Joseph Littlejohn & Levy.

In addition to the new management team members noted above, the following individuals, who previously worked with the business under Clorox ownership, will have new management roles going forward at Armored AutoGroup:

•Gus Robinson, vice president, supply chain.
Robinson has more than 30 years of experience as a functional leader for supply chain. He spent 20 years in operations and logistics with market-leading companies including DFS Galleria and LVMH-Sephora, as well as Walmart.com, where he was a founding member of the company’s direct-to-consumer fulfillment business. Over the last nine years he has led supply chain operations for several Clorox businesses, including the Global AutoCare business. Robinson will be the global leader of Armored AutoGroup’s supply chain.

•Elaine Schley, vice president, research & development.
Prior to joining Armored AutoGroup, Schley spent 33 years working in R&D and product development at The Clorox Company. She has been responsible for R&D for the Armor All and STP business for the past several years. Schley will be the global leader of Armored AutoGroup’s Research & Development.

•Simon Walsh, general manager of Europe.
Walsh will remain as General Manager of Europe, a position he has held since 2008 for the business under Clorox ownership. He brings more than 25 years of relevant experience, serving at Holt Lloyd and holding positions of increasing responsibility at The Clorox Company starting in 1996.

•Paul Blair, general manager of Australia.
Blair has held positions at The Clorox Company for over 17 years, including senior marketing roles for several of Clorox’s brands in Australia. He has focused on the Armor All and STP business since 2002. He will hold the new position of general manager of Australia for Armored AutoGroup.

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