Duane Jebbett Announces Retirement from Rowmark; Jim Ellward Appointed New President & CEO
FINDLAY, Ohio — December 12, 2018 — Duane Jebbett, Rowmark president & CEO announced to the employees of Rowmark his plans for retirement. Jebbet joined Rowmark in 1998 as president, and has led the Rowmark team through 20 years of growth. Although it was an extremely bittersweet decision, Jebbet and Kathy, his wife of 45 years, want to travel, enjoy time with family and explore new adventures together. Anyone who knows Duane can be sure that his retirement will be anything but “relaxing.”
“I am deeply appreciative of the customers who have honored Rowmark with their business and the countless relationships fostered over the years. I am truly blessed,” Duane states. “We are thrilled to announce that Jim Ellward will join Rowmark as president & CEO on January 7, 2019. The Board, the Rowmark management team and I had the pleasure of being involved in the selection and hiring process. Jim brings a wealth of talent and experience to Rowmark, and will help propel the company to new heights.”
Ellward is a Michigan native and attended Michigan State, attaining a BA in Agriculture. For the last five and a half years, Ellward has been president of TOPS Products, the office products division of LSC Communications. He brings a strong focus on sales, operations and a customer-first philosophy. “One of the biggest reasons I decided to accept the position with Rowmark was their people and culture,” he comments. “The business has been built the right way, and I’m excited to join the team, become a part of the Rowmark Family and grow together.”
Jebbet will continue to stay on the Rowmark Board of Directors, and will be available to Ellward through the transition. Windjammer Capital and the Rowmark Team thank Jebbet for his leadership, the unique company culture he worked to build, and the indelible mark he leaves on all of us.
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