SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Rob Phillips has been named president and chief operating officer of Phillips Industries.
He represents the fourth generation of the Philips family to lead the company, succeeding Bob Phillips, who will stay on as chairman and CEO. Meanwhile, the company has named Dave Phillips executive vice-president.
Phillips Industries makes electrical and air brake interface equipment for commercial vehicles.
“It’s time to pass the baton to the next runner as we look to the future and even more success for the company,” said Bob Phillips, who has led the company for 50 years. “With this latest transition, Phillips falls into a very elite group of only 3% of family-owned businesses that survive into the fourth generation. I’m confident Rob and Dave will build on the Phillips legacy and make it even stronger.”
Rob has been with the company for more than 18 years, serving most recently as vice-president of global operations. He’ll be charged with overseeing the company’s strategic planning, new and current business development, sales, marketing and global expansion.
“I’ve been preparing to take the lead of our family’s business for many years,” he said. “I’m excited to use everything that I have experienced throughout my career and am taking on this new challenge with pride and enthusiasm. The most important lessons I’ve learned are from watching my father lead, as he has helped make a large impact on the industry over the last fifty years while building Phillips Industries into the company it is today. My goal is to make sure Phillips continues this successful stride.”
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