New Philadelphia, Ohio-based Lauren International has named Mike Hovan as the company’s new chief operating officer.

The 30-year industry veteran will be responsible for promoting development within the company’s subsidiaries.

“Mike brings exceptional leadership experience to Lauren and a great understanding of our business,” says Kevin Gray, CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome him back to Lauren International as part of our executive team.”

Hovan joined the company in 1993 as mixing plant manager and quickly assumed greater levels of responsibility. In his nearly two decades at Lauren, Hovan served as president of Lauren Manufacturing, president of Edgetech, and vice president of Lauren International. He also served as a board member of the company until the sale of Edgetech to Quanex in 2011. Most recently, he was the president of Mikron Industries—Quanex’s largest business division.

“The Lauren divisions have incredible growth potential because they are so diverse,” says Hovan. “I am very excited to again be a part of the Lauren family and to help lead Lauren International to new levels of success while helping to strengthen our community.”

Hovan starts in his new role on March 7.

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