Gary Edwards Named CEO Of Webex Following Acquisition By Bertram Capital Veteran CEO to accelerate growth through innovation, acquisition, and international diversification
NEENAH, Wis., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary Edwards, a proven business leader specializing in the strategic development of global industrial companies, has been named CEO of Webex, Inc. Edwards assumed the CEO position effective February 1st following Bertram Capital's acquisition of Webex in December 2012. Edwards will drive the company's growth initiatives through investment in innovative technology, add-on acquisitions and strategic resource deployment to serve the company's domestic and rapidly growing international customer base.
"Gary has extensive experience helping profitable industrial companies realize their full potential," said Kevin Yamashita, a Bertram Capital partner. "He has unique expertise developing strategies for efficient manufacturing, integrating acquired businesses, and implementing organic growth initiatives which build upon the company's core competencies."
Prior to joining Webex, Edwards was CEO of Extrusion Dies Industries, LLC, (EDI), a leading international supplier of extrusion dies to the plastics processing industry with plants in North America, Europe and Asia. Before joining EDI, he was the CEO at Tyden Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialized security, identification, traceability and security products. Edwards was also Chief Executive Officer at Phillips and Temro Industries, a producer of diesel engines and exhaust components for the automotive, light and heavy truck industries, off-highway construction and power generation markets. Edwards holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.
"Webex is a leading supplier of rolls and specialized machinery modules for a broad range of web handling and converting processes," said Edwards. "The company is focused on product innovation and continual investment in manufacturing process development. Our adherence to stringent quality standards and commitment to supporting customers long after the sale has been completed, has earned Webex recognition as the benchmark brand. The company is well positioned for even faster growth in the future."
With roots extending back nearly 100 years, Webex along with its subsidiaries - Fox Machining, Magnat-Fairview and PFE Rolls - are established industry leaders in designing and manufacturing precision rolls and specialized web handling machinery for a diversified set of customers within the web handling and converting industries. In addition, the company has developed a strong reputation as an engineering solutions partner, providing value-added support for customer applications across a comprehensive portfolio of high quality web handling products. For more information, go to www.webexinc.com.
About Bertram Capital
Bertram Capital is a Northern California-based private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market business services, consumer, healthcare, industrial and technology companies. Bertram is currently investing out of its $500 million second fund and typically allocates $25-$100 million to each investment. Since the firm's inception, Bertram has managed in excess of $850 million in committed capital and has completed 10 platform investments and 14 follow-on acquisitions. Visit www.bertramcapital.com for more information.