Posted May 2, 2022

Templin to become Lawless Group CEO

The Lawless Group has appointed Jack Templin as chief executive officer, effective May 9, 2022.

Jack TemplinTemplin has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution. He joins Lawless after having spent over 10 years at Affiliated Distributors (AD), most recently as president of the Electrical & Industrial business unit and chief programs officer.

Under his leadership, the business unit and associated divisions achieved record results. Templin was also instrumental in the creation of AD’s E-Commerce program, helped start the Bearings & Power Transmission Division and played a key role in three successful mergers. Prior to that, he served in various senior leadership roles at Stanley Black & Decker and WESCO Distribution, where his responsibilities included sales, marketing, and operations.

“I’m excited to name Jack as CEO. He is a respected leader whose reputation and ability to execute speaks for itself,” said Richard Lawless. “I have put my all into this company for 43 years and I have set a high bar for the next leader. The timing is right, and I am extremely confident Jack’s leadership style, skill set, and experience is the needed fit for the next chapter of the Lawless Group. I am confident that under Jack’s leadership we will continue to have many more years of growth and success.”

As the new CEO, Lawless will lead strategy and sales of the group’s expanding regional partnerships. This will include finding new and innovative ways to meet the ever-changing needs of manufacturers, distributors, and end-users.

“The Lawless Group is a well-respected company with a long and proud history within the industry. I’m pleased to join the company at this pivotal moment of opportunity. I look forward to working closely with Richard and the regional presidents in this next chapter of the Lawless Group,” Templin said.

Richard Lawless will transition to executive chairman, focused on the company’s guiding principles and vision, as well as mergers and acquisitions. This is a multi-year plan to ensure the Lawless Group’s future.

“After all these years, it is still exciting to build new opportunities. Together with the regional presidents, management team and our growing sales team, we will continue our growth, with big ambitions, as demonstrated by hiring Jack as CEO,” said Lawless.

When not focused on building relationships, Templin enjoys spending time with his wife Shelly, his daughters, and granddaughters.