Lasko Names Vlacich CEO

Home environment appliance company Lasko Operations has named Ed Vlacich CEO. Lasko, based in West Chester, PA, develops, produces and markets products under the Lasko, Air King and B-Air brands.

Vlacich brings more than 30 years of consumer products experience to Lasko. He previously was region head of Henkel Beauty Care North America and president of National Brands at private equity-held Sun Products. He also spent seven years at Novartis in various leadership roles, including global chief marketing officer of CIBA Vision and GM Germany/Austria.

“The board has found the right leader to build on Lasko’s success in achieving market leadership via a strong portfolio, retail partnerships and e-commerce growth,” said Lasko chairman, Jerry Levin. “Ed recognizes the importance of our domestic design, engineering, and manufacturing in providing superior service to our customers and products that delight consumers.”

“Ed is a proven leader who has excelled at strategic leadership and execution,” said Kevin LaHatte, a principal at Comvest Partners, a private investment firm that invested in Lasko with its executive partners. “We are excited to work with him to grow the entire Lasko portfolio of products by upholding the legacy of the Lasko brand, leveraging its U.S.-based distribution and manufacturing capabilities and delivering superior products.”

“I am honored to be joining Lasko, a market leader with a legacy of providing service to its customers and great products to its consumers,” Vlacich said. “I believe Lasko has a strong business model and talented people that uniquely position it for the future.”