INX International has named John Hrdlick as its new president and chief operating officer (COO), with Bryce Kristo promoted to executive vice president.
Hrdlick’s promotion sees him succeed Rick Clendenning, who is stepping down from the role after 47 years with the company. Clendenning will continue as CEO through the end of 2018 to help with the transition and ensure the company meets its 2018 business goals.
Clendenning began working for the company in 1971 when he was finishing his studies at the University of California-Fullerton. He began as a tub washer and mill trainee at Acme Printing Company, which later was acquired by parent company Sakata INX in the late 1980s. He became president and CEO in 1999.
‘The time has come for us to start our executive transition plan, and for me to shift gears to spend more quality time with my wife and our two sons’ families, including six grandchildren,’ said Clendenning.
‘I consider myself to be very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the world in this job and develop important relationships with people. I’ve met with thousands of customers and employees and made many friends. John Hrdlick and Bryce Kristo have been part of the great senior management team we have at INX. They have helped me throughout my presidency, so I am very confident the company will continue to prosper under their guidance and direction.’
Hrdlick has followed a similar path during his career at INX, starting at Acme in 1977 as a third shift worker. He accepted a variety of jobs at different locations throughout the US, rising to become senior vice president and COO in 2012. One of the many projects Hrdlick has managed is a multi-year capital improvements program. Several US manufacturing facilities have been built or expanded since 2015, including on-going construction at the INX R&D campus in West Chicago that is expected to be completed later this year.
Hrdlick said: ‘I have had the pleasure to work with Rick Clendenning and INX for many years and have benefitted from his leadership, mentorship and friendship. To be named president and COO for our company is a very high honor that I do not take lightly. I will work closely with Bryce Kristo, our executive team and all of our outstanding employees to help INX continue to be successful going forward.’
Kristo joined INX in 1991. In addition to his new role as executive vice president, he will continue his current responsibilities as chief financial officer, general affairs. The INX board of directors has also approved two further personnel changes, with Matt Mason becoming a member of the INX board of directors as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel. David Rossi has been promoted to vice president, finance and tax, and assistant secretary.