Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair Group has promoted Larry Doyle from vice president of global sales and marketing, to president.
Doyle, who has a background in plastics processing machinery, joined Conair six years ago. His promotion was announced by Chris Keller, who had held that top Conair position while also serving as president and CEO of Conair's parent company, IPEG.
Doyle began his plastics career in 1995 as international sales coordinator for Autojectors Inc., an Indiana-based maker of vertical molding presses that was acquired by Milacron Inc. in 1998. Before joining Conair in 2006, he was director of sales and marketing at Demag Plastics Group, now called Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.
Keller credited Doyle with spearheading Conair's Nu-Vu Conair Pvt. Ltd. joint venture in India. “He deserves much of the credit for our remarkable growth in Asia and Latin America, and he has strengthened our leadership position in North America,” Keller said in a news release.
Doyle also implemented a team-marketing approach in growing industries such as packaging and medical. He oversaw the launch of a new upstream extrusion products group, initiated a major overhaul of Conair's sales organization and brought in Steve Petrakis as vice president of sales for the U.S. and Canada
In addition to his work at Conair, Doyle also serves on the Equipment Council of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. He chaired the sales and marketing committee for the 2009 and 2012 NPE shows.
He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Keller said he intends to work on strengthening the IPEG group, which includes Conair and Rapid Granulator.
Conair is based in Cranberry Township, near Pittsburgh.