GENE RUSSELL – PRESIDENT AND CEO
Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sector. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He has a strong background in sales and business development, and a keen understanding of manufacturing strategies in the global environment.
Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Russell led companies within several rapidly changing industries including telecommunications, wireless mobile, consumer electronics, major appliances and most recently the fireplace and home décor segments. As CEO of Pilgrim Home and Hearth for the past six years, he restructured operations in the U.S. and China, diversified and revamped product lines, expanded distribution channels domestically and internationally, and developed a management team to produce record results.
Mr. Russell’s previous experience consists of key leadership roles with a variety of manufacturing and technology firms, including Oregon Scientific, Haier America, SOS Wireless Communications, SDI Technologies and AT&T. In these executive positions, he was instrumental in developing new business plans, core operational improvements and diversified product plans, as well as launching significant business development and sales initiatives. In start-up firms, he led new ventures with conceptual ideas, and developed them into successful operating entities with industry leadership positions. He has also served as a board advisor and distribution consultant.
Mr. Russell holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Areas of Expertise
- Corporate Strategy
- Business Development
- Sales & Marketing
- Business Transformation & Globalization
- Early Stage Management
- Distribution Management
- Product Line Development
- Operations Management
- Process Improvement