Tennant CEO Named
Tennant Co., Minneapolis, has announced that Chris Killingstad, 49, will join the company's board, effective today, and will become president and chief executive officer on December 1, 2005, at which time Janet Dolan will step down as president and CEO. She will continue on the board through year-end and, at that time, retire from Tennant as previously announced.
This culminates the adoption of a succession plan by the board of directors that accommodates Dolan's decision to retire, after 20 years at Tennant, including the past six years as CEO. On May 5, 2005, Dolan announced her intent to retire once a comprehensive search for a new CEO was completed and an orderly transition period transpired.
"First, the board wants to thank Janet. She leaves Tennant in very good shape, with a bright future," said Steve Shank, Tennant Company board member and head of the board's search committee. "The board conducted a thorough search — both within and outside of Tennant — to identify the best candidate to lead the company going forward. Chris has a proven track record of success at Tennant and a deep understanding of the company's business and culture. We are confident in his ability to continue the company's growth and enhance its competitiveness."
Killingstad has played a pivotal role in Tennant's renewed growth and transformation to date. Since joining Tennant in 2002, he has served as Tennant's vice president, North America, with responsibility for growing revenues and profitability in North America, as well as leading the company's global marketing and new product launch efforts.
Said Killingstad, "My top priority is to carry out the company's strategic plan and continue Tennant's momentum in sales, earnings and operating efficiencies. Tennant Company is poised for great success in the years to come. We have a clear vision, proven strategies and very talented people motivated to achieve our goals." Killingstad and Dolan will participate in Tennant's third quarter earnings conference call later this month.
"During the past three years, Chris successfully led our North American business, strategically aligning Tennant's resources to better serve opportunities in our largest market," said Dolan. "Under his leadership, we have completed one of the most concentrated periods of new product introduction in our company's history, which has fueled Tennant's growth."
Before joining Tennant, Killingstad was employed by The Pillsbury Company for 10 years in senior management positions in Europe, Asia and North America. Most recently, he served as Pillsbury's senior vice president and general manager of Pillsbury Frozen Products in North America, responsible for this $2.1 billion business.
Prior to that, Killingstad spent eight years at Pepsi-Cola International in positions of increasing management responsibility in the areas of international business development, and sales and marketing. He also previously held financial management positions with General Electric.
Killingstad earned a master's degree in business from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a bachelor's degree from Colgate University.
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