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Executive Leadership Team

CEO, Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Carlstar Group

Jacob Thomas serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Carlstar Group focused on accelerating the profitable growth of the company through innovation, customer partnerships, and operational excellence. He leads the global organization of over 3,500 employees with 14 manufacturing and distribution facilities located across four countries.

Prior to joining The Carlstar Group in 2018, Mr. Thomas spent 27 years in executive roles in engineering, manufacturing, product management, marketing, and general management. With broad global experiences in the engineered industrial products sector, most recently, Mr. Thomas was Group President of CLARCOR’s Engine Mobile Filtration business. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In his spare time, Mr. Thomas enjoys international leisure travel, experiencing different culinary creations and watching college sports - especially the Ohio State Buckeyes.

 


Max Narancich, CFO at The Carlstar Group

Max Narancich

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
The Carlstar Group

Max Narancich serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for The Carlstar Group and oversees the development of the strategic and tactical plans for business improvement, capital budgeting and investment processes, and financial management of the company.

Mr. Narancich joined The Carlstar Group in 2011 where he has served as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis and as the Vice President of Operational Finance overseeing all operational controlling and management of the global network. Prior to joining The Carlstar Group Mr. Narancich has spent 15 years in progressive Financial and Leadership capacities. Mr. Narancich holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Arkansas.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his kid’s baseball and basketball teams.


Laren Harmon, EVP of Sales for The Carlstar Group

Laren Harmon

Executive Vice President, Sales
The Carlstar Group

Laren Harmon serves as the Executive Vice President of Sales for The Carlstar Group leading the implementation of global growth strategies that emphasize customer satisfaction in the specialty tire and styled wheel markets. He leads a global sales organization as well as inside Customer Service and Support teams throughout the company.

Prior to joining The Carlstar Group in 2015, Mr. Harmon spent 19 years working for Michelin in various Sales and Management roles. Mr. Harmon holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Furman University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida State University. He is also a member of the Liberty Fellowship as well as a graduate of the Aspen Institute.

In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement projects, racquetball, playing guitar, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.


Ashish Goel, EVP of Marketing for The Carlstar Group

Ashish Goel

Executive Vice President, Marketing
The Carlstar Group

Ashish Goel serves as the Executive Vice President of Marketing for The Carlstar Group leading the commercial organization, focused on the design and execution of market segment strategies aimed at developing the company’s brand reputation and aggressively growing the business globally.

Mr. Goel brings with him over 20 years of experience and has served in a variety of roles in his career in the areas of Marketing, Product Management, Business Development, Sales, and profitability improvement. He was most recently the Business Director of a $400 million Construction Material and Fiber Bonding business with BASF. Mr. Goel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and Queens University as well as a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds two patents in manufacturing and distribution process innovation.

In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to different parts of the world, cooking different types of cuisines and experiencing different cultures.


Paul Massey, EVP of Supply Chain

Paul Massey

Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
The Carlstar Group

Paul Massey serves as the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for The Carlstar and leads the global function focused on developing a globally integrated supply chain to support the Company’s customer base.

Prior to joining The Carlstar Group in 2018, Mr. Massey spent 25 years working for Cummins Inc. Mr. Massey spent time in a variety of management positions being based in four different locations in three different business units. In his most recent role as Supply Chain Leader for Cummins Filtration, Mr. Massey led the Supply Chain function including nine global manufacturing sites and two joint ventures supported through a global distribution network with a total employee count of over 3,000.

Mr. Massey is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and also holds a MBA from the University of Bradford, England. He is also a six sigma certified green belt.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children participate in sports and playing soccer.


Jon Matthews, VP of Human Resources

Jonathan Mathews

Vice President, Human Resources
The Carlstar Group

Jonathan (Jon) Mathews serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for The Carlstar Group and is focused on developing a global talent strategy to help support the growth of the company. Mr. Mathews leads the global Human Resource function and helps foster a culture focused on safety, continuous improvement, talent acquisition, retention and building the best team for sustainable growth.

Mr. Mathews spent 28 years working for BASF / Englehard focused on the Operational and Manufacturing side of the business with support for security, training, Environmental, Health and Safety, and all management represented and manufacturing employee relations, as well as supporting the Commercial side of the business through strategy deployment, employee talent and acquisition, and development. Mr. Mathews holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Human Resources from Cleveland State University as well as a number of other certifications throughout his career.

In his spare time, he enjoys boating and making home-brewed beer.