Positec appoints Jones as new president, CEO

Positec recently launched Kress in North America, which creates battery-powered landscaping tools.

Positec Tool Corporation has appointed Michael A. Jones as president and CEO of Positec North America.

Previously, Jones served as Executive Vice Chairman for Ranpak Holdings Corp (NYSE: PACK). Positec most recently launched the Kress brand in North America, introducing new battery technologies for commercial lawn and landscape professionals. In addition, the company is pioneering new consumer and professional-grade robotics for in-home and outdoor applications.

“With decades of experience in domestic and international sourcing, as well as sales and service excellence across a broad range of consumer and professional-grade goods, Michael comes to Positec at a time of tremendous product innovation and portfolio growth,” said Ben Dalziel, group executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Michael’s ability to drive business excellence is second to none, and we are delighted to have him guide Positec’s strategy and operations at this important moment in our company’s history.”

Beginning his career as a long-tenured executive with General Electric, Jones served as chief commercial officer – Europe, while living abroad in Budapest Hungary with his family for GE’s European Lighting, Appliance and Power Control business, serving Europe, Middle East and Africa. He then became president for Husqvarna AB’s North and South American business operations, followed by executive roles with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), including Chief Merchandising Officer and then EVP/Chief Customer Officer for the home center retailer.

“Together with the Board of Directors, I share tremendous optimism for Positec and its category-leading brands,” Jones said. “The founder, Don Gao, and his global leadership team – with best-in-class R&D and proven brand-development capabilities – have built a powerhouse portfolio of innovative products, and I sense tremendous potential for growth in the coming years.”

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