The Chamberlain Group Inc. has elected James J. Roberts as Chief Executive Officer, replacing J. David Rolls, who previously announced his retirement. Roberts will begin his new role at Chamberlain’s Elmhurst headquarters on April 5, 2010.
“A dynamic and strategy-oriented leader, coupled with his illustrious career spanning 30 years with leading consumer and commercial products companies, Jim is an ideal choice for this position,” states Robert Fealy, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Duchossois Group, the parent company of Chamberlain. “He brings a tremendous track record of strong product management and development skills, along with an innovative marketing, manufacturing and distribution background, which combine to provide customers with a world-class experience.
“Jim’s energy and forward-thinking approach are just what Chamberlain needs as we position our company for future growth and development following the recent economic challenges.”
Prior to joining The Chamberlain Group Inc., Roberts most recently served as President and CEO of Igloo Products. Prior to Igloo, his past leadership roles included several executive positions within Newell-Rubbermaid, including Executive Group President of the Cleaning, Organization, Décor and Office Products Group. Preceding his tenure at Newell-Rubbermaid, Roberts was President of Worldwide Hand Tools
and Hardware at The Stanley Works, and he spent 19 years at Black & Decker, rising
to the position of President of Worldwide Accessories, as well as Vice President and
General Manager of the company’s European Professional Power Tools Group.
Roberts, age 51, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of Delaware. He and his family will be relocating from Houston to Elmhurst, Ill., in the near future.
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. manufactures and markets access control products including residential garage door openers, commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products.
The Duchossois Group is a privately-held diversified operating company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with interests in access control, consumer lifestyle solutions, advanced control and automation, venture capital, and gaming.