Posted November 2, 2020

Shanahan named CEO of Turtle & Hughes

As the final phase of a two-year planned succession, Jayne Millard, the fourth generation of family ownership at Turtle & Hughes, is now executive chairman of the board.

Kathleen ShanahanShe remains an active, full-time member of the executive committee setting the strategic vision for the company.

Kathleen Shanahan, co-CEO, becomes the first non-family CEO in the company’s almost 100-year history. In leading this diverse, woman-owned business, Shanahan continues a long legacy of leadership by women starting with Millard’s great grandmother.

“As my Co-CEO for the past two years, Kathleen has transformed the company’s overall business strategy through technology and opened new sales paths,” said Millard when making the announcement. “Her accomplishments include an industry-leading ecommerce portal that has expanded online sales to the global marketplace; enhanced business analytics; CRM implementation, and driving high margin product sales. Our Net Promoter Score, measuring customer loyalty, rates ‘excellent,’ showing her commitment to a customer-first culture.”

“Kathleen is a compassionate leader, which aligns with our family’s values,” Millard continued. “She mobilized hundreds of employees to remote work to protect us from Coronavirus. She has instituted a culture of accountability with KPIs aligned to an enhanced benefits program that earned us a 2020 Best Places to Work in New Jersey Award. We are very fortunate to have her at the helm.”

Shanahan was named Turtle Co-CEO in 2018 after serving one year as executive vice president of National Accounts, driving digital, marketing and brand value for Turtle’s customer service in the broader market place. She had previously served for more than three years on the company’s board of directors.

Prior to joining Turtle & Hughes, Shanahan was CEO and chairman of Ground Works Solutions, formerly URETEK Holdings Inc., a Florida-based corporation focused on soil stabilization and densification using a patented polymer application process. Before that, she served as CEO and chairman of WRSCompass, a national footprint environment engineering and construction company, based in Tampa, Florida.