4 May 2022
4 May 2022, Comments Comments Off on People news at Lippert: Julie Markiewicz promoted to Vice President of Internal Audit and compliance, and Matthew Johnston appointed Managing Director of Lippert Marine Europe
People news at Lippert: Julie Markiewicz promoted to Vice President of Internal Audit and compliance, and Matthew Johnston appointed Managing Director of Lippert Marine Europe

Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™) has promoted Julie Markiewicz to Vice President of Internal Audit and Compliance and appointed Matthew Johnston as Managing Director of Lippert Marine Europe.

In her expanded role, Julie Markiewicz will assume responsibility over Enterprise Risk Management and Ethics/Corporate Compliance. She will maintain her prior responsibilities over audit and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Ms. Markiewicz earned her Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Manchester University and a Master of Science in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has more than 18 years of audit experience, 11 of which were in public accounting at Ernst & Young in Chicago and Crowe LLP in South Bend. She started her career with Lippert in 2013.

Brian Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, “I have worked with Julie for over 16 years and have always been impressed with her ability to work with teams around compliance in a way that truly engages those responsible in understanding the importance of the process, all while creating efficiencies. As our organization continues to grow while doing business across the globe, the complexities and risks are accelerating at a tremendous rate. We are lucky to have Julie and her team working to protect the company.”

Nick Fletcher, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, stated, “Julie has been a great partner in developing the processes, policies, and structure that are essential in a public company. She has built a great team, and together they partner with all areas of the business to identify and strengthen areas of weakness to help promote a culture of compliance. We are fortunate to have team members like Julie that are so passionate and knowledgeable in their field!”

Matthew Johnston will manage three Marine Group brands – Lewmar®, Trend®, and Taylor Made® Ireland, which includes two sites in the UK and one site in Ireland.

Johnston has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has held several positions within Lewmar including Custom and OEM Sales Manager, Sales and Marketing Director, and most recently, Group Commercial Director for Lippert’s Marine Group. Since July 2019, he has acted as a Marine Group representative on the wider Lippert Corporate EU leadership board, further developing a skillset that provides a unique mix of commercial experience and having a proven record of operating within a lean management buy-out environment.

In his new role, Johnston will be responsible for growing the Marine Group footprint in Europe through innovative product development, creating new products, and supporting acquisitions. He is also looking forward to guiding the teams on their cultural journey as they grow and create a stronger, more agile group.

“It’s an exciting time to be leading the Marine Group as we develop the footprint for Lippert within Europe,” stated Johnston. “In order to expedite our growth in this evolving market, we are focused on the development of our people and culture, balanced with driving innovation through product design. These building blocks are integral to elevating our customer experience as Lippert aspires to be the market leader in this arena.”

“We’re excited to have Matt lead our Lippert Marine Group Europe (Lewmar, Trend, and Taylor Made Ireland),” said Jim Menefee, Group President of Europe. “He’s a great fit for our culture and the core values that define us as a company. Matt’s extensive experience with building outstanding customer relationships along with his product knowledge within the group will serve as a major benefit to the team as we seek to expand the Marine market.”

In his free time, Johnston enjoys hill walking, running, and mountain biking, and has also been a keen racing dinghy sailor and boater all of his life. Most recently, he has taken up powerboating with a classic 1960’s British powerboat. He deems himself a “self-professed petrol head” with a passion for cars built in the Edwardian era, and he can often be found driving a 1914 Edwardian racing car.

Lippert™ is a leading, 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 has over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

It 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.

From powerful towing technology and automated RV leveling systems, to boating furniture and one-of-a-kind shade solutions — Lippert combines strategic manufacturing capabilities with the power of a winning team culture to deliver unrivaled Customer Service, award-winning Innovation, and premium Products to every industry and person it serves.