(LAFAYETTE, La.) – Stuller, Inc. recently announced the retirement of Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Lein, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective January 31, 2009.
According to Matthew Stuller, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, the company’s executive management team will restructure Dr. Lein’s function into two separate positions. Jay Jackson, Stuller’s current executive vice president of supply chain, will assume the role of COO, and Matthew Stuller will temporarily assume the role of president.
“We employed a leading national executive search firm to find a suitable replacement for Chuck; and, as we began assessing candidates, two things became very evident,” Stuller says. “We need a COO who can roll-up his sleeves and dig into the day-to-day functions of our operation, without the added responsibility of president. And, we found no one better suited to lead Stuller’s operations than our very own Jay Jackson.”
Jackson has more than 13 years of experience managing Stuller’s sales, supply chain and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Stuller in 1996, Jackson enjoyed a 30-year stint at Sears in its product services division.
“With this transition in key leadership roles, we are positioned to maintain our aggressive growth strategies,” says Stuller. “We will always be the fastest, most reliable supplier of high-quality, value-added products and business solutions for the jewelry industry.”
“Chuck has led us through 15 years of impressive growth and literally hundreds of major accomplishments, including our selection as a DTC Sightholder in 2005 followed by our sight renewal in 2007,” Stuller says. “During Chuck’s time with us, he has become a very dear friend and has provided professional leadership based on his integrity, talent, energy and passion for excellence.”
Stuller, Inc. is headquartered in Lafayette, LA, and was founded by Matthew Stuller in 1970. The DTC Sightholder has 13 operations located in three continents around the world, and provides a wide range of goods and services for jewelry professionals. Stuller’s core product categories include: diamonds, gemstones, finished jewelry, mountings, findings, bridal jewelry, fabricated metals, tools and supplies.
For more information please visit www.stuller.com.