Irwin Tools, a leading maker of hand tools and power tool accessories based in Huntersville, N.C., has named Ross Porter as its new president. Porter has held a variety of positions during his 18 years at Newell Rubbermaid, Irwin’s parent company. He most recently served as president of EMEA Transformation, where Porter led the company’s European transformation efforts, including implementation of a new European business model, integration and implementation of SAP enterprise system, and relocation of its European headquarters.
Other positions held by Porter include president of Newell Rubbermaid’s hardware division, which includes the Shur-Line, BernzOmatic and Bulldog brands. He also served as president of office organization (Rolodex and Rubbermaid brands) and group VP finance for tools and hardware (Irwin and Lenox brands). This business is now called the tools, hardware and commercial products segment.