Blount Appoints New CEO

Blount International, Inc. has appointed Paul Tonnesen as its chief executive officer. The appointment was effective immediately.

Tonnesen succeeds Josh Collins, who had been CEO since 2009. Also departing from Blount is President and Chief Operating Office David Willmott.

The announcement from the company characterized Tonnesen as a seasoned leader in the global branded goods and durables space. He has more than 30 years of industry experience.

“His expansive industry relationships, track record and leadership approach make him an ideal choice,” said Loren Easton, Blount’s co-chairman and a managing director of American Securities LLC. “We’d like to thank Josh and David for their leadership and dedication to Blount. We wish them well in their future endeavors.”

Josh Paulson, also a co-chairman and partner at P2 Capital Partners, said Tonneson is “the right executive to lead Blount at this important time” and brings “a proven track record of product innovation, a global perspective and a growth mindset to the business.”

Tonnesen most recently was global president of Fiskars Group, a supplier of home, garden and outdoor products. Before Fiskars, Tonnesen served in leadership roles with brands such as Elmer’s Products and Kraft Heinz.

Tonnesen is also a vice chairman and trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the Midwest, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Saris Cycling Group.

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