Posted January 20, 2023

President at Protective Industrial Products adds CEO to title

Protective Industrial Products Inc. (PIP), which makes personal protective equipment (PPE) for the industrial and construction markets, has appointed Curt Holtz as president & CEO. He joined the company as president in September 2022.

Holtz will oversee the entire PIP global organization, which includes the company's commercial business units in North America, EMEA, and APAC. Additionally, he will now manage the corporate enablement functions including finance, marketing, IT, human resources, supply chain, product management, and legal.

Prior to PIP, Holtz worked at VF Corp. for more than 30 years. Over that time, he held senior roles in finance, operations/manufacturing/sourcing, design, brand management, general management and group management across multiple geographies. Most recently, he spent several years as group president of many business units, including Global Workwear.

“I am honored to be entrusted with carrying on the PIP legacy built by Joe Milot and Wellson Tao for nearly 40 years,” Holtz said. “The passionate PIP family around the world will continue our focus on delivering innovative safety products and solutions and adding value for our customers.”

Joe Milot will ascend to the board as executive chairman and will continue to provide legacy guidance and strategic counsel to Holtz.

“The journey of PIP over the last 39 years has been remarkable, but it is time to prepare for the next chapter," said Milot. "I am very confident Curt is the most qualified person to continue our incredible success.”

Holtz continues to be based out of the Latham, New York office and will report directly to the board.