The company looks toward the next chapter with the appointment of Marc Fern as president and chief operating officer.
Northbrook, Ill., Jan. 23, 2023 — M. Holland Company, a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins and ancillary materials, today announced the restructuring of its leadership team to support M. Holland’s accelerated growth and the next phase of its evolution. This includes the promotion of Marc Fern to president and chief operating officer, Monica Christler to executive vice president, commercial and Michael Foldvary to vice president, distribution.
Ed Holland will retain the position of chief executive officer and chairman of M. Holland’s board of directors. In this role, Holland will be involved in driving the company’s strategic direction, supporting international growth and interfacing with business partners.
“Marc has been a key factor in the company’s success over the years, forging enduring relationships with suppliers and customers during his long career with M. Holland Company,” said Holland. “I have every confidence that Marc will continue to lead the organization in achieving our strategic vision for the future.”
Fern, a company veteran of 26 years, has risen through the ranks from account manager to sales manager to vice president of sales and, most recently, executive vice president, commercial. As president and chief operating officer, Fern will oversee the company’s distribution and resale business units, as well as the operations, marketing and IT departments. Fern has been a member of the company’s board of directors for several years.
“I am honored to step in as president and chief operating officer and continue to work with our outstanding leadership team to accelerate our international growth and meet evolving customer needs,” said Fern. “Among my priorities will be to maintain a strong, positive culture, which has been critical to our success.”
To support this transition and continued growth, M. Holland announced additional promotions within the company. Monica Christler will step into Fern’s former role of executive vice president, commercial, where she will oversee the distribution and resale business units. Christler will serve as a member of M. Holland’s executive leadership team. Michael Foldvary has been promoted to vice president, distribution. He will be responsible for sales and sourcing within the U.S. and Canada.
Christler joined M. Holland in 2012 after the company acquired Christler Chemical & Plastics, Inc. and most recently served as director, distribution sales. As director, she successfully implemented growth strategies and supported improved profitability across multiple sales regions. Foldvary joined the company in 2019 as director, distribution sourcing. As director, Foldvary concentrated on furthering M. Holland’s domestic and international sourcing relationships and managed the distribution product portfolio. He previously worked at BASF, one of the largest chemical producers in the world and a valued supply partner to M. Holland.
“I’m pleased to welcome Monica and Mike into their new roles and I am thrilled to have such a strong group of leaders by my side,” said Fern. “Monica and Mike have an in-depth knowledge of the business and greater plastics industry. Together, our long-term goal is establishing a company where all aspects of the business are connected, optimized and focused on shared organizational goals.”
More information, please visit M. Holland’s Leadership page: www.mholland.com/about/leadership.
M. Holland is a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins, providing suppliers with the most strategic channels to market, offering clients innovative sourcing and supply chain solutions, delivering materials that empower sustainable innovation, and helping people lead rewarding careers. Since 1950, a deep commitment to personal relationships and innovation has formed the core of the company’s heritage, culture and vision. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, M. Holland has over $1.5 billion in annual sales, partners with more than 4,000 customers annually, and serves over 70 countries across North America, LATAM, EMEA and Asia. M. Holland has offices located in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. To learn more, visit www.mholland.com and follow M. Holland on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.