Joe O’Brien has been named the President of Zep East.

Before joining Zep, O’Brien was vice president of sales and marketing at Atlas Paper Mills, an away-from-home paper manufacturer and converter. Prior to his leadership role at Atlas, he worked for JohnsonDiversey Inc., from 1995 to 2007 in a variety of sales management positions, each bearing increasing responsibility. His most recent position at JDI was vice president of sales and marketing effectiveness, North America. Before that, he worked for Proctor & Gamble for 11 years in several sales and management positions for the company’s commercial division, focused primarily in the food service and lodging sectors.

“Joe brings a tremendous amount of sales management and general management experience to Zep Inc.,” says William (Bill) A. Holl, chief operating officer, Zep Inc. “We look forward to his business acumen and entrepreneurial vigor, which will help drive Zep’s performance in pursuit of even greater levels of profitable growth.”

O’Brien, a native of Long Island, currently resides in Delafield, Wisconsin, but will soon re-locate to Zep’s Eastern Distribution and Manufacturing facility in the eastern U.S.

O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and an M.B.A. from Hofstra University.