John Kime appointed COO of Avon Protection Systems

John Kime has been appointed to the new position of chief operating officer of Avon Protection Systems, Inc., a global company that develops, designs and manufactures respiratory protection products for CBRN applications, toxic industrial chemicals and toxic industrial materials.

Kime will be responsible for Avon Protection System’s global operations He has been a manager in the marketing, sales and operations of multiple leading manufacturers in the personal protection equipment field for over 25 years. He has a large amount of experience and knowledge of the manufacturing sector and has provided general management leadership that focuses on process improvement, growth and company transformation.

With experience in many different aspects of process re-engineering, change management and new business development, Kime has extensive experience in lean management processes and how they apply to non-manufacturing environments.

Kime has been a part of Avon since July 2009, serving as the general manager of International Safety Instruments, Inc. That Avon division manufactures thermal imagers and respiratory protection for industrial users and first responders.

“John has exceptional leadership and organizational skills and I look forward to working closely with him as we take Avon Protection Systems to new heights,” Peter Slabbert, CEO of Avon’s parent company Avon Rubber, said.