Cambridge International Appoints New President and Chief Executive Officer; New Chief Operating Officer

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Following the retirement of current President and CEO Bill Colson, Cambridge International, announces the appointment of Tracy Tyler as new President and Chief Executive Officer and Tom Ross as Chief Operating Officer, .

Cambridge International, the world’s largest manufacturer of metal conveyor belting and wire cloth products, announced today the appointment of Tracy Tyler as new President and Chief Executive Officer and Tom Ross as Chief Operating Officer, following the retirement of current President and CEO Bill Colson.

In her new role as President and CEO, Tracy Tyler, 45, will guide Cambridge International’s growth beyond its existing business through geographic expansion, acquisitions, and development of new market and product targets.

"I am so excited to take on this new role. We have a great team of people and I am looking forward to helping the company grow by creating an environment that maximizes the potential of each and every employee,” said Tyler. “By creating a team-based, high performance work environment, we will continue to identify and capitalize on growth opportunities that make the company and our people successful.”

During her 18-year career with Cambridge International, Tyler has held various management positions in sales and marketing. She has played a key role in the company’s growth strategies that have created a more diverse customer and market base. Most recently as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, she set the foundation for the company’s rebranding. Notable within the rebranding is the customer-focused business segmentation. This includes the creation of the “customer for life” program and new market development groups through which multiple new products and systems were introduced to the marketplace. Over the past 10 years the company has launched two new divisions, Cambridge Architectural and Cambridge Environmental Technologies. Tyler plans to foster an environment that will support the growth of these divisions and create more opportunities.

Earlier in her career, Tyler played an integral role on the leadership team following the 1998 merger of Maryland Wire Belts and Cambridge, Inc., resulting in the creation of Cambridge International. She also succeeded in building and leading the Maryland Wire Belts Sales Team that doubled sales in five years. Under Tyler’s mentorship, the organization has a sales and marketing management team with an average tenure of 15 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Salisbury State University.

“Tracy has been second in command at Cambridge for many years and as the obvious choice for CEO,” said Bill Colson, retiring President and CEO. “I anticipate she will be highly successful in continuing the growth and market diversification achieved by the company.”

Tom Ross, 37, joins Cambridge International as COO, with a career in manufacturing of 18 years. Coming from Standard Register Company, Ross started in 2007 as Plant Manager of its 50,000 square foot facility in Tampa, Florida. In 2008, he was promoted to Plant Manager of the 114,000 square foot facility in Salisbury Maryland and took on multi plant responsibility in 2009. Managing the Salisbury facility as well as the 250,000 square foot plant located in York, Pennsylvania, the company’s largest facility. While at Standard Register, Ross’s, Salisbury MD, team won the company’s 2009 Plant of the Year award.

Prior to Standard Register, Ross worked for Eaton Corporation for 15 years where he began his career on the shop floor rising through positions including CNC Tech, Quality Engineer and Supervisor before earning the role of Business Unit Manager. His many other achievements include helping lead the company to be the first manufacturing facility to achieve gold level status in the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) program, in addition to leading the company in setting divisional throughput, quality and safety records. Ross earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Bellevue University.

“I look forward to helping Cambridge International develop and execute its growth strategy. This is a very exciting time for Cambridge as it continues to roll out new products in its Architectural and Environmental business divisions while dominating the metal belt market,” said Ross. “I am very excited to join Cambridge International as COO.”

As COO, Ross will build and provide leadership to a high performing team that will grow the business while streamlining the company’s products and processes.

“Tom is a great addition to our Cambridge International team,” said Tyler. “He has a proven track record of building successful teams that go hand in hand with our goals for future growth.”

About Cambridge International, Inc.
Cambridge International, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of metal conveyor belting and wire cloth products in addition to being the parent company of Cambridge Architectural and Cambridge Environmental Technologies. With a heritage that dates back to 1911, the company’s products and systems are used in a wide variety of installations. The products support a diverse array of industries including food and beverage processing, energy, construction, automotive, agricultural, mining, and high-tech manufacturing.

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