Hickory Springs puts Colburn at the helm

Industry supplier Hickory Springs Mfg. Co. has hired David Colburn as president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Don Coleman, who is retiring at the end of the year after 39 years with the Hickory, N.C.-based company.

Colburn has been a member of the board since 2009 and has extensive experience in industries from automotive to new technology. He is past president of Electronic Data Systems, Del-Met Corp., MTD Automotive, AP Parts International North American Aftermarket Division and Repcoparts Corp.

He also has served as a board member of MTD Corp., Bob Barker Inc. and Evatran LLC. Colburn is past chairman of the Automotive Service Industry Association and the Automotive Sales Council.

“David’s proven ability to lead will be a huge advantage in the day-to-day operation and long-term success of Hickory Springs,” said Tom Pierce, chairman of Hickory Springs’ board. “His business record in growth areas such as management, strategic planning and global manufacturing is outstanding and we look forward to seeing how the company will continue to grow and diversify under his direction.”

Coleman added: “Over his past two years on the board, David’s contributions to Hickory Springs have exceeded our expectations. He brings outstanding traits and experiences to the office, including a great passion for the long-term success of Hickory Springs, a clear vision for how the company can grow in the future, strong organizational abilities and exceptional communication skills. I feel confident that upon my retirement, I am leaving Hickory Springs and its employees in very capable hands.”

When Coleman announced his retirement in July, Colburn asked to be considered for the post, the company said. After a search committee researched a number of candidates, Colburn was selected.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to accept the office of president and chief executive officer of Hickory Springs,” Colburn said. “Hickory Springs has a long tradition of innovation and diversification, especially under Don Coleman’s guidance and leadership. I look forward to building on the outstanding legacy of excellence that Hickory Springs, its employees and Don Coleman have forged together over the decades.”

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