IRL/USA – National Pen, which is based in Ireland and the USA, has appointed Peter Kelly as its CEO. The native Irishman succeeds Dave Thompson, who continues to be Chairman of the Board. Kelly has over two decades of experience at executive level in the areas sales, supplier chains, procurement and production and already occupied executive positions among others at Ulster Weavers Apparel, Lamont Holdings and Ulster Carpet Mills. From 2009 onwards, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the European subsidiary of National Pen and was responsible for managing the 1,000 employees in Dundalk and Bordeaux; under his direction the company won the “Ireland Exporter of the Year” award in 2014.
According to own accounts, National Pen earns an annual turnover worldwide of more than 270 mil. Euros and supplies over 1.5 mil. small companies in 28 countries with tailor-made promotional products.