Ross Organic, Inc., a leading supplier of ingredients to the personal care industry, is pleased to announce the appointments of Stephanie Ross Leshney to the position of President and CEO; and Erin E. Coulter to the position of Chief Operating Officer. William C. Ross, Company Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Ross Organic’s Chief Technical Officer. Ms. Leshney and Ms. Coulter, daughters of Mr. Ross, have been working with the company for fifteen and eight years, respectively. They assumed joint ownership of ROSS in December 2010. Most recently, Ms. Leshney’s responsibilities included leading the Ross Organic Sales, Marketing and Supplier Relations functions while Ms. Coulter has been leading Operations, Distribution, IT and HR activities.
“This announcement is a real validation of the unwavering strength, vision and commitment Erin and Stephanie have brought to the company,” commented William Ross. “Being able to pass the company into such capable hands gives me a level of professional and personal satisfaction that, quite frankly, is really hard to express.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and lead the company into its next phase of growth and success,” commented Ms. Leshney. “I am extremely excited by the opportunities we are seeing in the market and by many of the new technologies we are representing.”
Ms. Coulter added, “The next 25 years of the business is going to be about information and technology. We are constantly looking for new ways to streamline operations and get our products to our clients faster and more efficiently. I am so proud to have the chance to continue on what our Father has started and am thrilled to have the chance to carry on our family owned business into the next generation,” she concluded.
Mr. Ross will continue to be active in the day-to-day functions of the business, but will be focusing primarily on helping develop and source new products and technologies to expand the company’s product portfolio.
Founded in 1987, ROSS Organic, Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary providing west coast personal care and detergent manufacturers the most innovative, high-performance ingredients from all over the world. For additional information about these executive appointments or for questions about Ross Organic and our line of products please contact us at [email protected].