Sales: $924 million
Key personnel: Ed Lonergan, executive chairman, Zep; Dan Smytka, chief executive officer; Mark R. Bachmann, executive vice president, chief financial officer
Major products: Cleaners for consumer and industrial applications: Zep and Zep Professional, Country Vet, TimeMist, Misty, Enforcer, Original Bike Spirits and Niagara National industrial and institutional cleaning products; ArmorAll, Blue Coral, Rain-X and Black Magic vehicle care
Comments: Nearly a year ago, Atlanta-based maintenance and cleaning chemicals maker Zep Inc. elected former Goodyear Tire executive Dan Smytka as chief executive officer. He replaced Lou Purvis who held that title since 2017. Prior to this appointment, Smytka spent 11 years at the The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, most recently as president for Goodyear’s Global Off-Highway businesses. He also served as president and COO for Goodyear’s Europe Middle East and Africa region. His resume also includes time as president of the North American Building Systems & Services division of Carrier Corporation and as an executive for General Electric Co.
“With over three decades of experience successfully growing commercial and consumer revenue, market share and earnings for blue chip companies and in regions around the world, we are confident that Dan is an excellent fit for Zep,” said Ed Lonergan, executive chairman of Zep and senior advisor of New Mountain Capital, which bought Zep in 2015 for a deal worth $692 million and took the company private.