Ellison Educational Equipment has announced Richard Birse as its new Chief Executive Officer, and the elevation of current Chief Executive Officer Kristin Highberg to the company’s Global Board of Directors.
Richard Birse, who was the current managing Director for Ellison Europe Ltd and its Global Markets has been identified as the natural successor to be the company’s next CEO for his proven skill set, market knowledge and experience to lead the company into its new phase of focused, global growth.
Kristin Highberg commented: “For over 27 years, I’ve had the greatest opportunity working for the company that my grandmother started, having held numerous positions from customer service to sales to my current role of CEO. During my tenure as CEO of the company, I’ve worked alongside Richard for close to 11 years to successfully develop global infrastructure and growth opportunities. As we enter the next phase of Ellison’s global growth, it was clear to me and my family that Richard was the obvious choice to take the CEO leadership role and allow me to continue to focus on supporting strategy with him at the board level.”
The new CEO, Richard Birse commented “I know that I speak for everyone at Ellison in thanking Kristin for her leadership during her time within the company. I am eager to assume this new role and lead such a passionate and focused company in further developing our global platform. We have exceptionally talented teams across three continents at Ellison/Sizzix who are all committed to evolving our business, continuing to innovate our product in new and diverse ways and developing a global supply chain infrastructure that supports our localised trading partner’s future global growth opportunities in both B2B and B2C channels.”