Strongwell makes management structure changes

David Oakley is named president and CEO of Strongwell. Owner John Tickle remains on as chairman of the board.

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Pultruder Strongwell Corp. (Bristol, Va., USA) on Jan. 7 announced that it has named G. David Oakley, Jr. as president and CEO of the firm. Oakley replaces John D. Tickle (68) in the position that Tickle had held since 1972. Tickle is the primary owner of Strongwell, and the company is 100 percent owned by him and members of his family. Tickle will remain involved in the business as chairman of the Board of Directors.

Oakley (43) graduated from the University of Tennessee with Honors in 1989, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing. Oakley came to Strongwell from HAPCO Pole Products in Abingdon, Va., where he had been president since 2007. Prior to becoming president, he had held management positions in marketing and business development and as vice president - product management with HAPCO.

A. Keith Liskey (66) who has served as Strongwell's executive vice president and COO since 1993, and who has been an officer at Strongwell since 1981 and a director since 1985, will retire from full-time involvement with the company at the end of March 2011. Liskey will remain active with the company on a part-time basis as senior advisor through 2014.

Headquartered in Bristol, Virginia, Strongwell is a pultruder of fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The company has pultrusion manufacturing facilities in Bristol, Washington County, Va., and Chatfield, Minn.