Jarden Corporation, parent company of Coleman, Marmot and many other outdoor and sports brands, has announced an expansion of its executive leadership team to support the company's ongoing growth. In 2013 Jarden posted a record performance with revenues of around $8 billion, marking the achievement of the long-term financial goals it had set in 2010.
Ian G. H. Ashken, currently vice-chairman and chief financial officer, has been named vice-chairman and president. Ashken, who co-founded Jarden together with Martin E. Franklin in 2001, will continue to have primary responsibility for the financial, legal and administrative functions within the company. In his new role, he will also deal with the company's expanding global business.
Jarden will continue to operate the office of the chairman with three executives, with Franklin acting as its executive chairman, Ashken as vice-chairman and president, and James E. Lillie as chief executive officer. Franklin will continue to oversee corporate strategy. Lillie will continue to direct the day-to-day operations of the group.
Al LeFevre, currently chief financial officer of Jarden Consumer Solutions, will be promoted to executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer effective June 12. LeFevre joined Jarden through the acquisition of American Household (AHI) in 2005. He has more than 25 years of consumer products experience working with the leading brands of Jarden Consumer Solutions, and prior to that with The Quaker Oats company. LeFevre began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. as a certified public accountant.
John Capps, currently executive vice president, general counsel will assume the new title of executive vice president, administration and general counsel, assuming responsibilities for human resources in connection with the retirement of David Tolbert, currently senior vice president of human resources, scheduled for September this year. Rich Sansone, the executive vice president of finance, will assume the new role of executive vice president of operations with immediate effect.