Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™) has promoted Jim Menefee to the position of Group President over Lippert’s European operations from his previous role as Vice President of Operations over Europe.
In this new role, Jim Menefee will oversee all operational decisions for Lippert’s European RV, Marine, and Railway divisions in Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands as well as divisions in the United Kingdom, India, and Africa.
These divisions service customers not only in Europe but across the globe including North America, Australia, China, and the Middle East. To date, Lippert has over 1,400 team members at these divisions and currently produces sales of approximately $230 million over a rolling 12 months.
Jim Menefee joined Lippert in 2016 as the Regional Operations Manager, where he utilized his 25 years of operational experience running global manufacturing businesses to improve Lippert’s operational performance. He has spent the last few years in Europe for Lippert developing new business with Lippert’s caravan divisions, and he also opened up new railway operations in Italy and India, expanding upon the company’s rolling stock window and rail interior businesses. Menefee has also been instrumental in Lippert’s M&A strategy in Europe, leading the company in seven strategic acquisitions in Europe over the last three years, and he will continue to lead M&A in Europe going forward.
“Europe is becoming an increasingly important part of Lippert’s overall growth strategy, and we are excited that Jim is guiding the company into these new markets,” said Jason Lippert, CEO and President of Lippert.
“As we embark on the next chapter of growth for Lippert, Europe, and all regions outside of North America for that matter, will be a key part of our diversification strategy. Jim’s prior international business and manufacturing experience are great assets for Lippert. He is a phenomenal leader and has highly effective business unit CEOs in each of the three markets, which make implementation of our synergies, continuous improvement, and leadership and culture initiatives easier as we work toward building great European component supply businesses,” he continued.
Jim Menefee commented: “I am excited to see the growth that our European teams have been experiencing. Over the past several years, the European leadership teams have been focusing on building great teams and a great culture within our Caravan, Rail, and Marine divisions in Europe. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to grow this part of Lippert’s business and to help our teams learn, grow, and most importantly, take care of our company family. This is what sets Lippert’s culture apart from the rest.”
With over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, Lippert™ is a global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered products and customized solutions dedicated to shaping, growing, and bettering the RV, marine, automotive, commercial vehicle, and building products industries, and their adjacent markets.
Lippert also serves a broad array of aftermarket segments, supplying best-in-class products designed to enhance recreational pursuits, both on the road and on the water. This ranges from powerful towing technology and automated RV leveling systems, to boating furniture and one-of-a-kind shade solutions.