LaserMax today announced the appointment of veteran executive Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Effective immediately, Schlarbaum assumes responsibility for LaserMax’s sales, marketing, operations and supply chain organizations, providing leadership to the strategic planning process and ensuring the alignment and prioritization of company investments. Schlarbaum will report directly to Susan Houde-Walter, CEO.
A new position within LaserMax, the COO role was established with the goal of aligning the company’s world-class innovation with industry-leading operational practices to drive the next-generation of market leadership. Having Jeff at the helm will also enable LaserMax CEO, Susan Houde-Walter, to concentrate her efforts toward the continued success of research and development activities related to the company’s growing defense business.
“LaserMax is poised to embark upon a rapid growth phase and I have every confidence in Jeff’s ability to effectively lead that charge,” remarked Houde-Walter. “He is a seasoned leader with an extensive track record of delivering impressive results and we are delighted to have someone of his caliber onboard.”
Immediately prior to joining LaserMax, Schlarbaum served as President of IEC Electronics Corp (NYSE:IEC) where he successfully positioned the brand as a premier electronic manufacturing services provider to advanced technology companies. Over an eight year period, he drove significant organic growth (25% CAGR), helping the company secure two successive top ten spots on Forbes’ coveted 100 Best Small Companies list in the past two years. Preceding IEC, Jeff spent the better part of two decades in leadership positions advancing progressive business strategies at industry leading companies, both private and public, such as Plexus Corp (Nasdaq: PLXS), Seagate Technologies (Nasdaq:STX) and others. He holds a BBA in Marketing from National University in San Diego, California and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Schlarbaum commented on his appointment by saying, “I am extremely excited to be joining LaserMax at such an important time in its evolution. The company has spent the last two years building a dynamic team and investing in breakthrough technology whose market potential is truly extraordinary. I am eager to develop and execute a compelling strategy that will lead LaserMax to its next phase of growth tied with operational excellence across the company.”
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