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Nov 18, 2013

Rob Phillips Takes Helm of Phillips Industries

Santa Fe Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) Phillips Industries, a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for commercial vehicles, has appointed Rob Phillips as its new President and COO.  He is the fourth generation Phillips family member to lead the company, succeeding long-time president Bob Phillips who will continue to play an active role as Chairman and CEO.  As part of the new alignment, the company named Dave Phillips as Executive Vice President.
After fifty years leading Phillips Industries from a small truck parts jobber to a significant leader in the global market, Bob Phillips commented “It’s time to pass the baton to the next runner as we look to the future and even more success for the company.  With this latest transition, Phillips falls into a very elite group of only 3% of family-owned businesses that survive into the fourth generation. I’m confident Rob and Dave will build on the Phillips legacy and make it even stronger.”
For more than eighteen years, Rob has worked full-time at the company that his great-grandfather founded in 1928.  Prior to that, he spent several summers working on the production lines.  Rob most recently held the position of Vice President of Global Operations where he led the expansion of Phillips’ global sales and operations efforts in USA, Mexico, Canada, China, and Europe.  In his new role he will be responsible for leading the company’s strategic planning, new and current business development, overseeing sales, marketing and their global expansion.  Rob is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.  Rob commented, “I’ve been preparing to take the lead of our family’s business for many years.  I’m excited to use everything that I have experienced throughout my career and am taking on this new challenge with pride and enthusiasm.  The most important lessons I’ve learned are from watching my father lead, as he has helped make a large impact on the industry over the last fifty years while building Phillips Industries into the company it is today.  My goal is to make sure Phillips continues this successful stride.”  
Dave Phillips will assume the role of Executive Vice President, analyzing and assessing trends, advising on sales and operations strategy as well as financial oversight.  Dave’s fifteen-year career at Phillips Industries includes positions in sales and operations focusing on building strong teams and developing the company’s LEAN production values and culture. He was promoted in 2012 to Vice President of Business Development prior to which he was General Manager of the Commercial Vehicle Products Division.  Dave commented, “This is a really exciting time to be at Phillips. Our Santa Fe Springs manufacturing facility is deeply entrenched with the LEAN production philosophy, so much so that it has extended into our day-to-day office practices as well”. Dave continued, “We believe that this LEAN mentality has helped us achieve a record growth of increased production this year.”  

Throughout the industry and at the company, the latest changes at Phillips are viewed as a very positive step with excitement for the future.  Timothy Kraus, President and COO of HDMA, was happy to share his congratulations to Rob on this new change. “This is great news, Phillips Industries is a great member of HDMA and I have known both Rob and his family for many years. I am delighted to see this new assignment for him within Phillips Industries. Rob serves as a very strong case for effective employee development and succession planning for private and family-owned business. With Bob’s guidance, a group of outstanding mentors, a commitment to on-going education and a wide-ranging list of assignments within his company; Rob has developed into an effective executive leader of a world-class, global manufacturing company.” said Kraus.  Stephanie Schroeter, Phillips Marketing Manager added “This is something that coincides directly with our continued plan of growing the global brand as a substantial leader in new innovations. We have been steadily refreshing our brand over the years and Rob being the new face of Phillips ties it all together. With Rob and Dave’s leadership skills, knowledge of the industry and products, and their drive for quality, innovation and success; this is going to be an exciting new change”. 
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About Phillips Industries

Based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA Phillips Industries is a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for the commercial vehicle industry.  Phillips is a major supplier and partner to many top OEMs around the world and is a first choice for top fleets.  They have manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Mexico, China and The Netherlands.  Phillips maintains active memberships in key industry associations including TMC, SAE, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and state trucking associations.  Their manufacturing facilities have received the top quality accreditations including ISO 9001, TS 16949 and ISO 14001.