Posted October 18, 2016

Apex Tool Group names senior VP

Apex Tool Group announced the appointment of Ross Porter Jr. to its executive leadership team as senior vice president and president of its Global Power Tools business unit.

Ross PorterPorter reports to James J. Roberts, chief executive officer of Apex Tool Group.

Porter, 51, joins Apex Tool Group after holding senior executive roles at both Newell Brands and Chamberlain Industries, including general management, finance, corporate development and investor relations. “Ross has a proven track record with deep experience in the tool industry, particularly around new product development, operations and M&A,” said James J. Roberts, chief executive officer of Apex Tool Group. “I look forward to his leadership in driving strategic growth and continuing to elevate our business globally.”

Porter worked for two decades at Newell Brands in senior executive roles, most recently serving as president of three Global Business Units where he led brand building and new product development initiatives for the Construction Tools/Accessories, Hardware and Office Products divisions. Earlier at Newell, Porter was vice president and CFO for two business groups, and was the company’s investor relations leader.

After his tenure with Newell, Porter joined Chamberlain Industries as its executive vice president, Corporate Development, and then served as president and COO of its Controlled Products Systems Group. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin.