Posted November 18, 2016

Jason Industries appoints new CEO

Jason Industries announced that Brian K. Kobylinski will transition to the role of president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1.

Jeffry N. Quinn will remain chairman of the board of directors.

“Since joining Jason earlier this year, Koby has been aggressively addressing the operational issues within the organization, strengthening our relationships with key customers and driving cost synergies across our businesses,” said Quinn. “We recruited Koby knowing he had the experience, skills and leadership ability to be our next chief executive officer. I have seen the positive impact he has had within the organization, and have full confidence in his ability to lead Jason to achieve its full potential.”

“We appreciate Jeff’s willingness to lead Jason during this past year of transition and his ongoing commitment to supporting the actions necessary to position Jason for its best future. His high-caliber leadership, significant personal investment and commitment to Jason’s long-term success will continue to serve the Company well,” said Mitchell Quain, lead independent director of Jason.

Prior to joining Jason, Kobylinski served as executive vice president, Energy Segment and China for Actuant Corporation based in Milwaukee. During his 23 years with Actuant, Kobylinski progressed through a number of management roles. Kobylinski received his masters of business administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his bachelors of art from St. Norbert College.

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of companies within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries.