DHR Lands CEO for Turtle Wax

February 24, 2016 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International has recruited Gary Walrath as chief executive officer of Chicago-based Turtle Wax. Managing partner Carlos F. Cata led the search along with partner Christine DeYoung.

Mr. Walrath brings over 25 years of finance, operations and general management experience across the technology space within public and private companies. Most recently, as CEO of STATS for 12 years, he led the expansion of the company from $11 million in revenue, breakeven, 68 employees with clients and operations only in the U.S., to $95 million in revenue, and $14 million profit, 700 staff with facilities in 14 countries and clients in 44 countries. He also spent 15 years overseas in Hong Kong and Tokyo and held business development roles spanning India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

“We are thrilled to have placed an inspirational leader who uniquely brings the ability to bring a deep sense of trust and purpose to the private owners of Turtle Wax with the requisite skills to advance a global growth strategy,” said Mr. Cata.

“Turtle Wax is one of those iconic brands with great potential. The search caught the eye of many high caliber consumer products leaders who saw the opportunity to make a true impact. We were delighted to manage a process with a great outcome in less than 90 days.”

Turtle Wax is a global provider of car care goods with sales in over 90 countries. Founded more than 60 years ago, the company is recognized for its continuous innovation in manufacturing appearance and performance car care products for the retail consumer market and the commercial car care and professional detailing industries on a global basis.

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