Chris Lesko Takes the Helm as Vice President of HORN Care Elements

Lesko Hired to Elevate HORN’s Personal Care Business, HI&I and Southwest Territories

LA MIRADA, Calif. – Oct. 12, 2016 – HORN, North America’s premier distributor of specialty ingredients and raw materials, today announced the hire of Christopher G. Lesko as vice president of HORN Care Elements. Joining HORN with 22 years of sales experience in the personal care and the household, industrial and institutional (HI&I) markets, Lesko now heads up HORN Care Elements to elevate its presence within the Western U.S. territory while strengthening its footprint in the Southwest and target specialty markets including HI&I.

“Finding the right VP to take HORN Care Elements to the next level was a top priority this year,” said Jeff Martin, president, HORN Specialties. “We were meticulous in filling this leadership role with someone who not only had the experience, reputation and drive to accomplish our lofty goals, but most importantly, aligned with the culture HORN is known for industry-wide. Chris is highly regarded as an industry professional. His industry connections, extensive experience serving niche markets and steady history of surpassing sales, profit and distribution objectives assure us he is the right person for the job.”

Lesko joined HORN from Glenn, an Azelis Americas company. His former employers also include BASF, Lubrizol’s Noveon® Consumer Products and DKSH North America.

“HORN is a growth-oriented company and the secret to its stellar reputation is its family- and values-based approach to serving its partners,” said Lesko. “This methodology is backed by a seasoned team of formulation experts and there was no way I could pass up the unique opportunity to lead this business and grow it into the go-to distributor for specialty ingredients and technical formulation solutions for the personal care and HI&I markets.”

An active industry member, Lesko has served as the house chairperson for the California Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) since 2010. He was also the recipient of the California SCC “Chapter Merit Award” in 2015 for his leadership and service to the industry.

About HORN

Established in 1961 as The E.T. HORN Company, HORN is one of North America’s premier distributors of specialty ingredients, chemicals and raw materials. Originally founded as a specialty chemical distributor, HORN remains an entrepreneurial-driven company with a team of technically-expert and trained professionals. Headquartered in La Mirada, Calif., its specialized market segments encompass six distinct distribution business units: Care Elements, FoodTech, Nutraceuticals, Advanced Materials, Coatings and Building Materials and Animal Wellness.

For more than 50 years, HORN’s entrepreneurial approach to customer service embraces challenge and opens opportunities to reinvent and improve on traditional business models. HORN ranks in the ICIS Top 10 list of North America Chemical Distribution Leaders and is an employee-owned/ESOP company.

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