Paul Mullet started as welder; lasted 45 years with company
Hesston, Kansas-based Excel Industries, a leading manufacturer of premium commercial and residential turf equipment sold under the Hustler and BigDog Mower Co. brand names, in January announced that president and chief executive officer Paul Mullet will retire. Joseph C. Wright will join Excel Industries as CEO on Feb. 12.
Mullet’s decision to retire comes after 45 years with Excel Industries, serving as president and CEO since 1991. He will remain actively engaged through March, assisting with Wright’s transition. Mullet also will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors, a role he has held since 1983.
Mullet’s father, Roy Mullet, was a founding member of Excel Industries. Paul Mullet started as a welder at Excel in 1972 and progressed through a diverse range of roles with a variety of responsibilities within the company, including production supervisor, service manager, and VP of sales and marketing until his promotion to president.
“Professionally and personally, now is the time for me to transition the leadership of Excel Industries,” said Mullet. “We’ve grown significantly over the last decade and we’re starting 2018 in a strong position. The entire leadership team is excited to welcome Joe as our new CEO and continue our growth trajectory.”
“I wish Paul the best in his retirement and would like to express my gratitude to the Board of Directors for this opportunity,” said Wright. “For years, I’ve followed the progress of Excel Industries. Under my leadership, the company will continue its legacy of innovation and quality craftsmanship. I look forward to returning to my lawn and garden industry roots.”