Boothwyn, PA - January 1, 2023
Nielsen-Kellerman Company (NK), a nationally recognized US-based manufacturer and global e-commerce retailer, today announced that Chuck Arkell has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2023, becoming only the third CEO to serve NK in the company’s 45-year history. Previously, Arkell served as NK’s Chief Revenue Officer and was instrumental in leading the company’s growth into a multi-brand e-commerce powerhouse. Arkell joined NK in 2014 after a career in sales, business ownership and education as well as service in the National Guard.
“I have the utmost confidence in Chuck Arkell’s ability to lead NK through its next phase of growth,” said Alix James, NK’s current President and CEO. “Chuck is a strong leader of teams and is passionate about serving NK’s customers with innovative products and services. Having worked with Chuck for the last nine years, I know that Chuck will preserve our unique NK culture while continuing to adapt the company to the rapid changes in commerce and the world around us.”
NK also announced that James will continue to serve in a senior advisory role as President of the company, supporting Arkell and the senior executive team in shaping technology and product direction. James will also spearhead NK’s mergers and acquisitions activities as the company seeks to add additional innovative product lines to its brand portfolio and will continue to manage NK’s intellectual property portfolio and legal compliance.
“During Alix’s tenure, NK has grown over five times and matured from a small family business into a globally recognized organization known for world-class products serving dozens of applications,” said Chuck Arkell. “I have seen Alix’s unwavering commitment to ensuring NK serves its customers, employees and community with innovation and integrity. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Alix and am determined to continue her legacy.”
Arkell added, “From weather and environmental monitoring to athletic performance, NK serves customers who rely intensely on our products to inform and guide their decisions and activities. The opportunities for NK to serve these ever-expanding needs are vast, and we must move faster and continue to innovate. I look forward to continuing to work with NK’s leadership and devoted team members to bring more products and services to market more quickly and expand our reach worldwide.”
Nielsen-Kellerman (NK) is the parent company for a family of measuring and monitoring technology brands focused on providing the accurate performance and weather data needed for safety, business success, research and defense as well as athletic and recreational activities. NK specializes in building products that perform in the most challenging outdoor environments from the water to the desert. NK's largest division is the weather division, encompassing Kestrel® Weather and Environmental Meters, Ambient Weather® Stations and internet dashboards, and RainWise® Professional Grade Weather Stations and Rain Gauges. NK also designs and builds NK Sports Performance electronics for rowing and paddling, Kestrel® Ballistics Meters and MagnetoSpeed(R) Shooting Accessories for long-range shooting, and Blue Ocean Rugged Megaphones for outdoor use. NK makes the majority of its products in the USA and is proud to be both a recognized leader in Lean Manufacturing and an award-winning top workplace. For more information, visit www.nkhome.com. Nielsen-Kellerman has been backed by Clearview Capital since 2017.
Founded in 1999, Clearview Capital is a private investment firm specializing in the acquisition and recapitalization of lower-middle market companies in North America in the business services, healthcare services, manufacturing and specialized distribution industries. Since inception, the Clearview Capital team has completed more than 100 transactions in a wide variety of industries. Clearview Capital is currently making investments from Clearview Capital Fund IV, L.P., a $550 million vehicle. The firm is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and has an additional office in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit www.clearviewcap.com.
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