Portland, Ore. — Blount International has announced the appointment of Paul Tonnesen as its chief executive officer, effective immediately. Tonnesen succeeds Josh Collins, who served as chief executive officer since 2009. Blount's President and Chief Operating Officer, David Willmott, will also be leaving the company.
Blount designs, manufactures and markets replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals in select global end markets, including: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG"); Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG") and Concrete, Cutting and Finishing ("CCF"). Blount markets its products primarily under the OREGON, Carlton, Woods, SpeeCo, ICS and Pentruder brands.
Tonnesen is a seasoned leader in the global branded goods and durables space, with over 30 years of industry experience and a track record of success leading and growing brands.
Prior to joining Blount, Tonnesen served as a global president of Fiskars Group, a leading global supplier of home, garden and outdoor products, where he oversaw a 10-year period of strong top and bottom-line growth. Tonnesen bolstered Fiskars' R&D department, enhanced brand visibility and grew market share in its key categories.
Before Fiskars, Tonnesen served in several leadership roles with some of the most recognized global brands, including Elmer's Products and KraftHeinz.