K&N makes executive staff changes

K&N Engineering, Inc. has announced several organizational changes in its executive staff.

Tim Martin has been promoted to chief operations officer. Martin will be responsible for worldwide operations, which include manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, information systems, e-commerce and data management. In order to facilitate this expanded role, he will no longer be directly responsible for the sales department or sales activities, although, he will continue to help direct company sales strategy and execution. Martin has been with the company for 17 years and formerly led sales, customer service and information systems. The company will begin a national search for a vice president of sales who will be responsible for the entire global sales organization. In the interim, the sales department will be managed by Steven Rogers, K&N’s president and CEO.

Steve Williams will assume the role of chief engineering officer. He will be responsible for worldwide product engineering, warranty services, product and materials research, testing, quality control, regulatory compliance, OEM relations and private label customer relations. Williams has been with K&N for 17 years and was formerly responsible for product development, manufacturing and distribution.

Douglas Hood will be joining the company in the role of chief financial officer. He has more than 25 years of financial experience working with consumer product companies and will be responsible for all financial, accounting and tax matters and have a key role in the operational management of the company. Additionally, he will handle all banking and financial relations, M&A opportunities, legal affairs, risk management, financial analysis and strategic initiatives. Hood brings a wealth of experience to the team having formerly served as chief financial officer for Spyder Active Sports, Inc., and senior vice president of corporate development for Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc. He began his career with Price Waterhouse.

Jean Franks will become the vice president of administration and will continue to be responsible for managing the accounting, administration and human resource functions.

Jesse Spungin has joined K&N as chief marketing officer. Spungin will be responsible for all marketing, advertising and brand management activities. He has more than 15 years of experience in brand management and marketing. He previously held senior positions with ConAgra Foods and International Home Foods, managing major international consumer brands.


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