Rope-maker Samson promotes Bon to president

FERNDALE, Wash. – Samson, a performance cordage fabricator, has appointed Tony Bon to serve as the company’s president, Samson said in a press release Wednesday.

Bon has been on the Samson team since 1974 when he began on the manufacturing floor in Samson’s Massachusetts facility. He soon progressed to production superintendent and transferred to Samson’s Ferndale, Wash., factory in 1980 to be plant manager. Since then he has held positions as materials manager, vice president of operations, senior vice president and, most recently, chief operating officer, overseeing Samson’s sales, operations and research and development activities. Bon also serves on the United Way of Whatcom County’s board of directors.

“Although the majority of my experience is in operations, working closely with sales over the past three years has firmly grounded me in that aspect of the business as well,” Bon said. “I look forward to serving Samson in this broader capacity.”

In his new role, Bon will have complete responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Samson. Bon succeeds Steve Swiackey, the company’s president from 1985 to December 2006. Swiackey will remain with the company and will become chief executive officer, retaining overall responsibility for Samson.

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