January 9, 2024
Riverbend Industries Welcomes Brian Kobylinski as President and CEO
Chicago, Ill. – Riverbend Industries, a prominent family-owned business known for acquiring and operating North American manufacturing companies in the building and industrial products sectors, proudly announces the appointment of Brian “Koby” Kobylinski as its new President and CEO.
Brian Kobylinski brings over 30 years of global industrial sector experience to Riverbend Industries. Prior to joining Riverbend, he served as Chairman and CEO of Jason Industries, leading the business through its operational and financial transformation. His extensive background includes several key executive roles at Actuant Corporation (formerly Applied Power, Inc.), where he demonstrated exceptional leadership by building the Industrial and Energy Segments through a combination of above-market organic growth and acquisition and integration.
“Koby’s proven track record in leading high-performing teams and his expansive knowledge in the industrial sector align perfectly with our strategic goals at Riverbend Industries,” said Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz, Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Riverbend Industries. “We trust that his visionary leadership and strategic approach will propel Riverbend Industries to new heights of success and innovation in the manufacturing sector.”
Koby’s appointment as President and CEO is a testament to Riverbend Industries’ commitment to driving growth and excellence. As Koby already serves as an Independent Director for Riverbend, his promotion ensures continuity and stability within the company's leadership. This is beneficial for maintaining ongoing projects and strategies, as he is already familiar with the company’s operations, culture, and goals.
“I am honored to take up this new role at a company with such a rich history and promising future,” said Brian Kobylinski. “By working closely with our talented Riverbend team, we will continue to build on the company’s legacy to drive sustainable growth by providing high-performance HVAC and building envelope solutions that improve the comfort, safety, and security of our customers' surroundings.”
Koby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Norbert College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin. His educational background, leadership experience, and deep understanding of diverse industrial sectors make him ideally suited to lead Riverbend Industries’ portfolio companies in their next development phase.
About Riverbend Industries
Riverbend Industries is a family-owned business that acquires and operates North American manufacturing companies in the building and industrial products sectors. A collaborative partner, Riverbend looks to facilitate growth while supporting its businesses’ unique cultures. Long-held investments and customized transaction structures ensure alignment with all stakeholders. Through operational standardization and centralization of specific strategic functions, Riverbend enables portfolio companies to capture efficiencies while fostering an environment of entrepreneurship.