Posted May 17, 2022

Apex Tool Group names North American Hand Tools president

Apex Tool Group has appointed William A. Burke III to senior vice president, and president of North American Hand Tools (NAHT).

Bill BurkeBurke has 37 years of leadership experience in consumer and industrial products. He was most recently the chief operating officer of Newell Brands, where he was responsible for managing a $10 billion portfolio of global businesses. Prior to his tenure at Newell, Burke spent 20 years at Black & Decker in several executive management positions, including vice president and general manager of the Product Service Division and global vice president of marketing.

“There are many things that drive me. The people, the passion, and the uncompromising will to win. I am thrilled to join this team with all three,” said Burke.

As a member of the executive leadership team, Burke will report directly to Jim Roberts, chief executive officer, Apex Tool Group.

“Bill has significant experience driving internal growth and building competitive advantage while improving operating margins and cash flow. I am confident that his leadership of the NAHT team and involvement in the executive leadership team will help elevate Apex Tool Group’s business and organizational goals to a new level,” said Roberts.

Burke holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Loyola University Maryland, where he also serves on the board as a trustee.