David A. Klatt Jr., has been appointed CEO of BIC Graphic North America, effective February 12, 2018. David brings over 30 years of consumer product experience to BIC Graphic. Most recently, he served as CEO of AAMP Global, a leading Clearwater, FL-based manufacturer of consumer-focused vehicle aftermarket and OEM technology. Prior to that, David was with Newell Brands, where he served as President of both the Writing Segment and Specialty Business Segment, inclusive of promotional products, managing brands such as Sharpie, Paper Mate, uni-ball, Waterman, Parker and Expo. Klatt held previous leadership roles at Black & Decker and DeWalt, where he led the Consumer Group’s transformation of its Power Tools business.
David received his bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement from 2004 to 2014.
“This is an exciting time to join such a dynamic organization and industry. BIC Graphic is clearly an industry leader, rooted in operational excellence and committed to its employees. They have made significant investments in service, innovation and technology and are well positioned for accelerated growth,” said Klatt. “I look forward to helping drive the business forward, collaboratively bringing new energy to our culture, strategy to the organization and innovation to our customers.”
Emmanuel Bruno will remain as President, BIC Graphic North America. “We welcome David and continue to push BIC Graphic forward – faster,” said Bruno. “We are dedicated to making it easier to do business with us and will continue to evolve our business according to our distributors’ needs for a truly valued partner.”
Offering everything from awards to writing instruments, BIC Graphic launches hundreds of products every year, including exclusive items available only from proprietary and partner brands. BIC Graphic’s diverse product portfolio and service-based approach provides endless solutions to distributor partners.
“In an industry as diverse as promotional products, we are pleased to have someone on board that shares our singular vision of growth and speed,” adds Camilo Horvilleur, Managing Director, H.I.G. Capital. “David’s proven expertise and passion for delivering customer value and organizational growth will strengthen BIC Graphic’s position as a top promotional products supplier.”
About BIC Graphic
BIC Graphic is a leader in product safety, quality assurance, social responsibility, supply chain security and environmental stewardship. Nearly all product SKUs are Prop 65 compliant and do not require a Prop 65 label when shipping to California. As one of the largest suppliers in the promotional products industry, BIC Graphic offers the most comprehensive product assortment with the widest variety of decoration methods. In addition to its well-known brands, such as BIC®, KOOZIE®, Atchison®, Triumph® and JAFFA®, they also partner with prestigious retail brands such as myCharge®, Cool Gear®, HoMedics®, Cocoon®, Leatherman® and several golf brands.
About H.I.G. Capital
An affiliate of H.I.G. Capital acquired BIC Graphic North America and its affiliated Asia sourcing operations in June 2017. H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with $24 billion of equity capital under management.* The H.I.G. family of funds includes private equity, growth equity, real estate, debt/credit, lending and biohealth. We align ourselves with committed management teams and entrepreneurs and help build businesses of significant value. Our team of over 300 investment professionals has substantial operating, consulting, technology and financial management experience, enabling us to contribute meaningfully to our portfolio companies. We invest in companies throughout the U.S. and Europe and have offices in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta in the U.S., and affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan and Paris in Europe as well as Bogotá, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro in South America.
* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and affiliates