GOJO president

From left, Mark Lerner, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Joe Kanfer, Carey Jaros

GOJO Industries announced Carey Jaros will succeed Mark Lerner as president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Lerner will become senior adviser and president emeritus of GOJO.

The company is best known for inventing PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer.

“GOJO is a family enterprise made up of thousands of team members who care deeply about helping the world stay healthy,” Jaros said in a news release. “I am honored to be able to work alongside the most talented and committed people in our industry, in service of our GOJO purpose of saving lives and making life better through well-being solutions. The opportunities that lie ahead for us to have a positive impact on the world while continuing to grow this amazing business in Northeast Ohio are tremendous.”

In her new role, Jaros will continue her years-long partnership with Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, who is part of the third generation of family leadership at GOJO and has been executive chair since May 2018.

Jaros “brings a rare combination of strategic perspective, practical business skills, and real heart,” Kanfer Rolnick said in the release. “As president and chief executive officer, (Jaros) will focus on continuing the company’s progress as a market-making, growth-oriented business that cares about the well-being of people out in the world and within GOJO.”

Jaros joined GOJO as chief strategy officer in 2016 and transitioned to COO in July 2018. Prior to joining the company, she was president of Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Co., vice president of Dealer Tire and spent more than a decade as a management consultant at Bain and Company.

Joe Kafner, who transitioned from CEO to venturer in May 2018, said in the release Jaros and Kanfer Rolnick make a “formidable team.”

He said they share “my passion for innovation and pushing boundaries. I look forward to continuing to work with both of them and their teams to lead the business successfully into an exciting and ambitious future.”

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