Ashburn, VA January 9, 2024 – Fortessa Tableware Solutions, a global leader in the tableware industry, proudly announces the appointment of Jeff Smith as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective March 1, 2024. This strategic decision follows Mr. Smith's nearly two decades of dedicated service to the company, during which he has played a pivotal role in shaping its success and organizational evolution. Mr. Smith previously served as the company’s COO and CFO.
Mr. Smith brings a wealth of experience and a comprehensive understanding of the company's overall business. His embodiment of the distinct values and culture of Fortessa Tableware Solutions, coupled with broad credibility within the global team, has garnered the confidence of the Board of Directors, the group Supervisory Board, and owners Andreas Buske and Scott Hamberger.
Founder Scott Hamberger will be transitioning to the position of President Emeritus. In this capacity, he will continue to contribute to the company's success in an advisory role. Mr. Hamberger will continue as a Director and will assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zwiesel Kristallglas, AG, the parent company of Fortessa Tableware Solutions.
Expressing his enthusiasm for the transition, Mr. Hamberger said, "My greatest professional joy has been to be a part of the growth and development of the wonderful people of this company. I look forward to continuing to contribute in a different way and from a different perspective. As part of that I will be giving Jeff my full support as he takes the company forward."
Group CEO Andreas Buske extends his best wishes to Jeff Smith, stating, "Jeff has earned the confidence of his colleagues across our group, as well as that of our Board of Directors in the United States and our Supervisory Board in Germany. We wish him every success and look forward to working with him as he leads Fortessa Tableware Solutions to new heights."
“I could not be more excited to lead this outstanding company of which I have been a part. I appreciate the confidence of our ownership, governing boards, and my colleagues. We have a great history and I’m looking forward to an even better future,” commented Mr. Smith.
For further information, please contact:
Colleen Jezersek, Coaction PR – Colleen@coactionpr.com / 551-256-7800
About Fortessa Tableware Solutions:
Fortessa Tableware Solutions is part of the Zwiesel Fortessa Group, a global leader in the tableware industry. The company creates value around the table through customer solutions and innovative product. For more information, visit www.fortessa.com.