Andrea Sturm appointed next Samson CEO

Andrea Sturm will takeover as president and CEO of Samson, Ferndale rope manufacturer, in January 2016, according to a press release from the company.

She’ll start at Samson on Nov. 2, and work with current CEO Tony Bon for two months.

Sturm, who is from Germany and went to school in France and the Netherlands, has a background in international business management, product management, new product development and marketing. Bon said Sturm’s international experience will help the company move into new markets.

“Samson achieved its best year ever last year and has great potential to continue to grow,” Bon said in the press release. “Andrea brings the right combination of skills, leadership, and customer and market focus to take the business to the next level. I’m pleased to see the company in such capable hands and excited for the future of Samson.”

Sturm is currently the general manager at Everett-based Fluke Corp., a manufacturer of electronic test tools. Before that, she held several positions with Philips Consumer Electronics, including vice president of global marketing and sales with Philips Oral Healthcare, makers of the Sonicare toothbrush.

Bon’s career at Samson spanned 41 years. He started on the factory floor in Samson’s Massachusetts facility in 1974 and transferred to the Ferndale facility in 1980. He advanced through the company in various positions until being named president in 2007 and CEO in 2013, according to the press release.

“Tony has been an integral part of Samson’s success and growth over the past 40-plus years,” said Russell Ball, CEO of Wind River Holdings, which owns Samson. “Samson always has and always will lead the industry in innovation. Under Tony’s leadership, Samson advanced that effort even further and achieved new heights of synthetic rope technology.”

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