HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462, D15) today announced that Kevin Pollack has been named chief operating officer. Pollack joins the Sterling, Illinois-headquartered distributor after 17 years in key operational and commercial leadership roles with Stericycle, a multi-billion-dollar leader in the health care services industry. Pollack most recently served as senior vice president of global sales operations and strategic markets.

Jack Mewhirter, who has retired, previously held the COO position at HALO. In the role, Pollack will be responsible for all aspects of HALO’s worldwide operational and technology infrastructure focused on delivering operational excellence throughout the entire order lifecycle. He will report to HALO CEO Marc Simon.

“The foundation of our success is operational excellence,” says Simon. “Kevin’s demonstrated track-record of success in senior operational leadership roles at a multi-billion-dollar global company has prepared him well to bring the vision and innovation we need to continue to enhance our service offerings as we grow our business. He has a strong commercial orientation and business process excellence mindset that will serve our company, sales professionals and customers well.”

Pollack adds, “HALO has developed an exceptional culture and reputation, and I am honored to join the team. I was drawn to HALO’s commitment to continuous improvement and the large investments being made to build a leading global business. I look forward to contributing new perspectives to the many positive initiatives in flight that will deliver value to our stakeholders.”

Pollack will be based at the company’s Oak Brook Terrace executive offices and its Sterling operational headquarters.

The hire is the second addition to HALO’s management team in the past two weeks. On April 6, the company announced that former PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone had joined the team in the newly created role of senior vice president of sales for the Western U.S.