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Leigh J. Abrams will step down as CEO of Drew Industries Inc. after nearly 30 years running the White Plains, N.Y.-based company.
Fred Zinn, Drew’s president, will become CEO and remain a member of Drew’s board. Abrams, 66, will continue to serve as Drew’s chairman while Edward W. “Rusty” Rose, III, chairman since 1984, was named lead director. The changes are effective Jan. 1.
Drew is parent to recreational vehicle and manufactured housing suppliers Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc.
“In the 28 years Fred has been with Drew, he has played a key role in growing Drew from a small company to a market leader for RV and manufactured home components,” Abrams said in a written statement. “We look forward to Fred’s leadership as we continue our successful strategy based on market share growth, new product introductions, acquisitions and operational efficiencies.”
Zinn, 57, was named CFO in 1986 and appointed executive vice president in 2001. In May, Zinn was promoted to president.
“Over the last 28 years I’ve learned extensively from both Leigh and Rusty, and I’m delighted that we will continue to have guidance from them in their new roles on Drew’s board of directors,” Zinn said.