PureStar Names New CEO

Posted September 25, 2020 at 12:32 pm

PureStar, Las Vegas, recently announced the appointment of Brian Herington to CEO, as well as the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Herington has more than 30 years of industrial and commercial experience leading complex, technology-driven businesses both regionally and globally. He most recently served as senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Univar Solutions, a publicly traded, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, following Univar’s acquisition of Nexeo Solutions, where he served as executive vice president of chemicals from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Herington was a region division head, Americas at ABB and a president at Thomas & Betts. Earlier in his career, Herington spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Latin America and Europe at General Electric, SABIC, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, and Amoco Chemical. He has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and an MBA from Ashford University.

“Brian is a proven, transformative leader, and we are confident he is ideally suited to continue to elevate the PureStar brand, partner with key suppliers and position the business for future success,” said Henry Cornell, founder and senior partner at Cornell Capital, a private investment firm with offices in New York and Hong Kong which acquired PureStar in 2018. “We look forward to working closely with him and the PureStar leadership team and board to drive operational excellence, financial outperformance and long-term value creation.”

During his time at Univar and Nexeo Solutions, Herington was instrumental in driving EBITDA growth and enhancing profitability while placing a consistent focus on improving the customer experience by emphasizing best-in-class quality and service, the release said. Together with the Univar leadership team, he also collaborated to develop the mission, vision and values of the combined company, and implemented cultural and change management plans across the new organization.

“I am honored and excited to lead PureStar, which has continued to deliver for customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Herington said. “As the only national provider of linen management services to the hospitality industry, the company has tremendous potential to accelerate growth and profitability. In partnership with Cornell Capital, management and our hard-working employees, I am eager to start building on our highly scalable customer value proposition, leveraging our North America footprint and executing our growth strategy.”

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