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GOJO Names Jaros President and CEO

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AKRON, Ohio -- GOJO Industries, the inventors of PURELL Hand Sanitizer, has named Carey Jaros as the new president and chief executive officer of the 73-year-old family enterprise.

She will take over the role January 1, 2020, at which time Mark Lerner will become senior advisor and president emeritus.

“GOJO is a family enterprise made up of thousands of team members who care deeply about helping the world stay healthy,” said Jaros. “I am honored to be able to work alongside the most talented and committed people in our industry, in service of our GOJO Purpose of Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions. The opportunities that lie ahead for us to have a positive impact on the world while continuing to grow this amazing business in Northeast Ohio are tremendous.”

In her new role, Jaros will continue her years-long partnership with Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, who was named executive chair of GOJO in May 2018.

“Carey brings a rare combination of strategic perspective, practical business skills, and real heart,” said Rolnick. “As president and CEO, Carey will focus on continuing the company’s progress as a market-making, growth-oriented business that cares about the well-being of people out in the world and within GOJO. Carey is a smart and courageous leader. There is no one else I would rather partner with than Carey as we shape the future of GOJO.”

GOJO has always been on the forefront of new thinking and innovation. “We recognize the fast-changing world we live in is being reshaped by new forces in information technology, scientific discovery, and business consolidation coupled with the call for business to be a force for good,” said Kanfer Rolnick. “I am confident that we have the right leadership and strategy in place to ensure we continue to lead our industry for decades to come.”

Both Jaros and Kanfer Rolnick bring well-developed strategy and business skills to their respective roles. As the third generation of family leadership, Rolnick is responsible for vision-setting, long-term strategy, sound governance, and stewardship of the family values and culture that have propelled GOJO to succeed.

Jaros joined GOJO in 2016 as chief strategy officer and transitioned to chief operating officer in July 2018. Prior to joining GOJO, she was president of Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company, vice president at Dealer Tire, and spent over a decade as a management consultant at Bain and Company. She has significant experience as an operator, investor, and board member in growth companies.

“The two together make a formidable team,” said Joe Kanfer, who transitioned from CEO to Venturer in May 2018. Kanfer is a member of the GOJO Board and an advisor and coach to many teams – helping to constantly generate new ideas. “Marcella and Carey share my passion for innovation and pushing boundaries, and I look forward to continuing to work with both of them and their teams to lead the business successfully into an exciting and ambitious future.”

Kanfer co-led the business for 30 years with Mark Lerner, who will sponsor key enterprise project teams, working as an advisor, coach, and mentor to GOJO leadership team members. He will also continue to serve on the GOJO Board of Directors.

“Mark cares greatly for GOJO and our Purpose,” said Kanfer Rolnick. “Both Carey and I are grateful for the roles Mark and Joe will play as we drive the next stage of the business.”

“GOJO has a history of team-based leadership with each leader bringing complementary strengths that create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Lerner. “This transition is the next step in that process and I am excited about this next chapter for GOJO.”

For more, go to gojo.com.