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Speakman announced that Robert Knoll has been elected as CEO following his three-month tenure as Interim CEO. Knoll, who has served as chief operations officer at Speakman since 2011, will maintain a dual role as CEO and COO.
Knoll's in-depth understanding of Speakman's manufacturing, sales, financial, and marketing operations has informed his leadership of the company since he took the reins as interim CEO in September. He is now formally tasked with ushering Speakman into a new era of steady and surefooted growth.
With a dual focus on hospitality and home, Knoll will continue to guide Speakman's strategy to extend its hospitality footprint while expanding its penetration of the consumer market—including the introduction of new products, design partnerships, and compelling marketing campaigns.
Knoll will be responsible for day-to-day corporate management, strategic growth planning, and brand stewardship as the company continues to deliver on its promise to offer high-performance products through its commercial, emergency, hospitality, and home businesses.
Prior to joining Speakman, Bob Knoll served as president and COO of the Easthill Company, a domestic and iternational third party fulfillment and logistics company. Before that, Knoll was vice president of operations for the Franklin Mint direct-marketing company, where he held increasingly senior positions for more than 30 years.