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Blount International names new CEO

By |  June 8, 2020 0 Comments

Blount International appointed Paul Tonnesen as its CEO, effective immediately.

Tonnesen succeeds Josh Collins, who has served as CEO since 2009. David Willmott, Blount’s president and COO, will also be leaving the company.

Tonnesen is a seasoned leader in the global branded goods and durables space, with more than 30 years of industry experience.

“Paul is an executive of the highest caliber, with a history of strong product and brand leadership in the durable goods sector. His expansive industry relationships, track record and leadership approach make him an ideal choice,” said Loren Easton, Blount’s co-chairman and a managing director of American Securities. “We’d like to thank Josh and David for their leadership and dedication to Blount. We wish them well in their future endeavors.”

Before joining Blount, Tonnesen served as a global president of Fiskars Group, a global supplier of home, garden and outdoor products, where he oversaw 10 years of strong top- and bottom-line growth. Tonnesen bolstered Fiskars’ R&D department, enhanced brand visibility and grew market share in its key categories.

Before Fiskars, Tonnesen served in several leadership roles with Elmer’s Products and KraftHeinz. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School and his bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College, where he serves on the advisory board for the Madden School of Business.

Tonnesen is also a vice chairman and trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the Midwest and a member of the board of advisors of Saris Cycling Group.

Blount designs, manufactures and markets replacement parts, equipment and accessories for consumers and professionals in select global end markets, including forestry, lawn and garden, concrete, cutting and finishing. Blount markets its products under the Oregon brand.

“Blount’s global footprint, manufacturing expertise and strong customer relationships position it well for continued success. I’m excited to work with the entire Blount team that has set the bar high for world-class innovation and quality,” Tonnesen said. “I see enormous opportunity in Blount’s leading brands and products and am honored to be a part of Blount’s next chapter of success.”


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