Hit Promotional Products Announces Executive and Leadership Team Promotions
Hit Promotional Products, Largo, Florida, recently announced executive team and leadership team promotions. Doug Donnell has been promoted to chief operating officer, Rishiraj Mukherjee to chief information officer and Julieanne Schmidt to vice president of human resources. Nathan Cotter has been promoted to vice president of supply chain.
Previously, Donnell was vice president of supply chain. He brings 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry with experience in trade show management, sales, purchasing, product safety and compliance, product development, and supply chain management.
“Doug has been a key part of our success over the last 10 years and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the company," said CJ Schmidt, CEO for Hit Promotional Products. "This promotion is a testament to Doug’s breadth of industry knowledge and his commitment to our customers.”
"Doug is a hands-on leader," added Eric Shonebarger, Hit's president. "He has the unique ability to seamlessly pivot between the strategic and tactical. He is always searching to provide the best solution for our customers. These are all qualities that make an excellent COO."
Mukherjee was previously vice president of information technology. He brings nine years of progressive IT experience and seven years of industry experience. He currently serves on the PPAI tech committee and the PromoStandards Standards Committee where he develops integrations standards for the industry. Mukherjee has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from West Bengal University of Technology. Additionally, he has a Master’s Degree in Signal Processing and an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics from the University of South Florida.
"Whether creating a new app or providing new analytics, Raj brings the technical innovation that powers the company’s growth," said CJ Schmidt. Added Shonebarger: "Raj is a lifelong learner, hard worker, and remains composed under pressure all while solving very complicated problems. I feel very fortunate that he is on our team."
Julieanne Schmidt previously held the role of director of human resources. As a 22-year industry veteran, she brings a wealth of knowledge in benefits, payroll, workplace safety and HR experience to this new role. She spent the majority of her career in human resources gaining experience in areas such as acquisitions and reducing turnover during periods of extreme growth and market challenges.
She has been directly involved with the implementation and oversight of employee safety, benefit compliance, and social accountability programs. She holds both Bachelor's and Masters' degrees from St. John’s University in New York where she graduated with honors.
"Julieanne has constantly met the needs of a growing company by recruiting and maintaining top-tier talent," said CJ Schmidt. "I am confident in her ability to continue to recruit and develop talent to further our company objectives and culture."
Cotter has worked at Hit for over seven years, serving in roles as a compliance coordinator, compliance manager and formerly vice president of compliance. He is responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance and social responsibility throughout a diverse supply chain. He holds a BA from Monmouth College and a certificate in Advanced Product Safety Management from St. Louis University. He is also currently a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group.
“Nathan is always eager to learn, grow and tackle challenges head-on, and I’m excited to see his hard work continue to be recognized and rewarded," said CJ Schmidt. "He has done an incredible job taking our compliance program to the next level.”
Other key promotions and role changes within the company are as follows:
- Steven Lynch to director of quality and compliance
- Grafton Meadows to director of inventory management.
- Andy Shoneck to director of logistics
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