Jason Industries names Brian Kobylinski CEO

Jeffry Quinn to remain as chairman

Jason Industries-Milwaukee

Milwaukee-based Jason Industries Inc. on Friday announced that Brian Kobylinski would become the company’s chief executive officer on Dec. 1 as part of a planned succession process.

Jason Corp-Milwaukee-2016-01-19

Kobylinski joined the company at the end of April after leaving a position at Menomonee Falls-based Actuant. He replaces current CEO Jeffry Quinn, who will remain as chairman.

In making the announcement, Quinn noted Kobylinski had been “aggressively addressing the operational issues within the organization” since joining Jason.

“We recruited Koby knowing he had the experience, skills and leadership ability to be our next chief executive officer,” Quinn said. “I have seen the positive impact he has had within the organization, and have full confidence in his ability to lead Jason to achieve its full potential.”

Jason Industries was created by the acquisition of Jason Inc. by Quinpario Acquisition Corp. in June 2014. Quinn only became CEO in December 2015 after seeking the resignation of former CEO Dave Westgate in November of that year. Quinn led Quinpario prior to the acquisition.

“We appreciate Jeff’s willingness to lead Jason during this past year of transition and his ongoing commitment to supporting the actions necessary to position Jason for its best future. His high-caliber leadership, significant personal investment and commitment to Jason’s long-term success will continue to serve the company well,” said Mitchell Quain, lead independent director of Jason.

Jason is the parent company for a number of manufacturers in the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets. Subsidiaries include Dronco, Janesville Acoustics, Metalex, Milsco, Osborn and Sealeze.

Sign up for BizTimes Daily Alerts

Stay up-to-date on the people, companies and issues that impact business in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin

Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

No posts to display