Tingley Taps New President & COO
New York, NY (March 31, 2014)– Tingley Rubber Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of Personal Protection & Equipment (PP&E) for use in harsh and/or hazardous environments, has tapped new leadership with the appointment of Michael S. Zedalis, Ph.D., as President & Chief Operating Officer. As the strategic advisor to Tingley, Epsen Fuller Group conducted the executive search, which sought a world-class leader with a track record of product innovation and operational excellence in a high-growth environment and with deep sector expertise in protective products.
Formerly, Dr. Zedalis was Senior Vice President, Advanced Concepts & Technologies and Chief Technology Officer spanning an 11 year career at Ansell. In addition to leading product development, global quality, and being a big part of driving Ansell’s growth over the years, Dr. Zedalis delivered ‘break-out’ business creation and step-change increase in sales revenues & profits from new products. He brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, product innovation expertise, strong analytical, planning, communications and operational skills, coupled with deep domain knowledge in a broad range of mission critical technology applications.
Dr. Zedalis notes, “I’m truly excited by the opportunity to lead Tingley’s talented team to help enhance its long-standing tradition for safety, quality and value, and deliver products that are recognized to be premier in their respective markets!”
“We were searching for deep and relevant PP&E industry experience and demonstrated success in driving dramatic top-line growth through product innovation,” says Thomas Fuller, Epsen Fuller Managing Partner. “Dr. Zedalis is uniquely well-suited to lead the future growth of Tingley. A materials science expert in chemicals, textiles, and polymers, he has the industry knowledge necessary for success in this niche industry, as well as a fantastic track record in operational innovation.”
Formerly, Dr. Zedalis was a Senior Technology Strategist for Honeywell (Allied Signal) and an advanced materials expert, where he was instrumental in numerous breakthrough technologies across multiple industries including Aerospace, Automotive and Engineered Plastics. Dr. Zedalis holds a B.S. from Lafayette College and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University as well as a Masters of Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Bruce McCollum, Tingley’s Chairman, is excited about Tingley’s future with Dr. Zedalis at the helm of the 118 year old company. “We were able to land Mike, a rare find with a truly un-matched combination of technology and product innovation proficiency, global supply chain and operations management, and deep quality and regulatory expertise, all directly focused in the PP&E sector. In short, we have found exactly what we needed for the next phase of growth at Tingley.” Commenting on Epsen Fuller’s role in conducting the search, Mr. McCollum added, “Tom and his team at Epsen Fuller Group did a tremendous job throughout the process, from defining the position requirements, to sourcing and assessing world-class talent, as well as providing support throughout the interview and capture process. We are thrilled with the outcome and truly valued Tom’s counsel throughout. In fact, as a result of his deep understanding and thoughtful counsel, we have nominated Mr. Fuller for a Director’s position on our Board of Directors.”
About Tingley Rubber Corporation
Founded in 1896, Tingley Rubber Corporation, tingleyrubber.com, is a world leader in the manufacture of Personal Protection & Equipment (PP&E) for use in harsh and/or hazardous environments, including garments and footwear that is waterproof, flame resistant, and electrical arc resistant, as well as a wide variety of high visibility apparel to provide conspicuity of the user in hazardous conditions. Since 1896 generations of workers have trusted the Tingley name for quality and service. Tingley products are widely utilized in many industries includi
ng Hazmat, Petrochemical, Construction, Food Processing, Agriculture, Transportation and Utility.
About Epsen Fuller Group
Epsen Fuller Group, epsenfuller.com, is a Top-20 retained executive search and leadership consulting firm headquartered in New York, and with offices in New Jersey, San Francisco and major markets and business centers throughout the world, providing instant access to a world-class executive talent pool serving the global economy.
Epsen Fuller Group delivers integrated talent management solutions through four business units focused on the acquisition, assessment, and acceleration of talent. EF|IMD conducts senior executive search, TalentKinect executes mid-management recruitment projects, iDestiny offers a variety of leadership assessment, development, and coaching solutions, while EF|Advisory delivers Board advisory services to enhance governance best practices and maximize transaction value for Private Equity Groups.
The firm specializes in three industry verticals – consumer goods & services, life sciences, and the tech|comm|media sectors –placing top talent in blue-chip client organizations worldwide.worldwide.