Based in Berkeley Heights Hayward Holdings announced on Tuesday that it has named a successor to Don Smith, the company’s senior vice president and chief supply chain officer, who stepped down after more than 15 years with the company.
Effective immediately, John Collins will oversee all integrated supply chain activities across the pool equipment manufacturer’s global business, including manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, materials management , quality and environment, health and safety.
In this role, Collins will continue to build on Hayward’s long-term vision and strategy for a world-class end-to-end supply chain function and will focus on driving operational efficiency and ‘continuous improvement.
Collins will report to Hayward CEO Kevin Holleran and be based at the company’s new headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The location will give Collins easy access to Hayward’s largest manufacturing facility, also in North Carolina in Clemmons, and the new distribution center in Mocksville.
“John joins Hayward at a pivotal time. As we have grown, we have acquired new businesses, opened new facilities and been creative in successfully navigating this unique environment over the past several years,” said Holleran. “John will play a crucial role in continuing the benefits of our agile and integrated network that Don Smith has created, improving overall service to our customers and growing our business.”
“I am delighted to join Hayward’s leadership team and contribute to the company’s long-term growth strategy,” said Collins. “I understand the importance of effective supply chain management to meet the demands of our customers. I look forward to leveraging my experiences and knowledge and building on the solid foundation in place today. »
Collins brings more than 20 years of supply chain management experience, having held several positions with Textron Inc., a multi-industry global company providing products and services in the aerospace, defense and specialized vehicles. Most recently, Collins served as senior vice president and general manager of the EZ-GO and Cushman businesses within Textron’s specialty vehicle segment. He also served as Vice President of Textron’s Integrated Specialty Vehicle Supply Chain.
Collins received his Master of Science degree from Southern Polytechnic State University and earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management from Clayton State University. He earned an executive education certificate from Duke University.