8th, 2005 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
PRODUCTS NAMES JOHN PADIAN COO, RICK KERN EVP
Torrance, CA. - September 8, 2005 - Dave Parker,
founder and CEO of Pelican Products, Inc., along with Chairman of
the Board, Rob Gluskin, are proud to announce the promotion of two senior
executives. John Padian, formerly Vice President of Sales, assumes the
title of Chief Operating Officer while Rick Kern, who currently holds
the position of CFO, adds the title of Executive Vice President.
Padian has been with the company for 27 years and began his career as
Pelicans fourth employee at the age of 15. He has a bachelors
degree in Business from Cal State Long Beach. Ive worked for
just one company in my career, but in that time Ive done it all,
said Padian. Before moving into Sales in 1989, Padian managed the Purchasing,
Production and Inventory Control departments at Pelican. Since moving
to sales in 1989, he has held a number of positions including Sales Manager
for the Photographic and International Divisions. Since 1999 Padian has
led the Pelican sales group, a period in which the company has experienced
tremendous growth. In his new position, he will be responsible for the
Sales, Marketing and Manufacturing divisions of the company.
Kern joined Pelican Products in 1991 as CFO, and has guided the Finance
Department through a ten fold increase in revenue. Kern states Our
expansion shows no sign of stopping, and watching Pelican Products grow
from 20 employees to more than 550 has been both exciting and challenging
in every facet of the business. Kern holds a degree in business
and an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California. Prior
to joining Pelican Kern, was Senior Vice President of Republic Bank in
Torrance, CA where he oversaw the merger and acquisition department and
their data center development.
Pelican Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of
professional grade flashlights and Protector Cases, with distribution
centers in Barcelona, Spain - Edmonton, Canada - Tokyo, Japan and Adelaide,
Australia. The company was acquired last year by venture capital firm
Behrman Capital. For more information visit www.pelican.com
Pelican Products, Inc.
Tel: (310) 326-4700
Toll Free: (800) 473-5422
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