He brings two decades of experience.
(Press Release) Wiley X Inc., a manufacturer of premium protective eyewear headquartered in Livermore, CA, has announced the hiring of David S. Gaul to serve as the company’s new chief operations officer.
Gaul brings two decades of experience growing the distribution of innovative consumer products in partnership with North American wholesalers and retailers. He has also been involved with business operations in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and Latin America.
Wiley X began in 1987 as a small manufacturer of ballistic protective eyewear for the U.S. military, and has since grown into a brand that is worn by champion world-class stock car drivers, BASS Elite Series tournament anglers, active lifestyle and everyday outdoor enthusiasts around the world. In addition, Wiley X has developed specialized protective eyewear collections for young athletes and the American work force, as well as specialized eyewear collaborations with brands such as Harley Davidson, John Deere, Remington and 5.11 Tactical.
“We’re honored to have David join the Wiley X family and are excited about all he brings to the table,” said Wiley X co-owner Myles Freeman Jr. “We have ambitious goals for the future, and meeting these goals will require taking the business aspects of our operation to the next level. David’s background, experience and track record of business success convinced us that he is the perfect choice for this extremely important leadership position.”
Gaul’s list of business accomplishments includes serving as chief financial and administrative officer for Parrot SA Inc., where he was responsible for North American operations and also worked from group headquarters in Paris and San Francisco, where he supervised financial controllers in the U.S., Germany, Spain and Italy while overseeing all administrative functions for this publicly traded French company.
“As an avid outdoorsman for much of my life, I feel truly fortunate to be joining a market leader with such a rich heritage,” said Gaul. “I’m honored and excited to partner with the Wiley X team to deliver the operational excellence needed to support growth. I know there are great things ahead for Wiley X, and I am eager to apply my operational experience, market understanding and leadership skills to help us reach our goals.”
All adult Wiley X eyewear models meet ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact safety standards, while many models also meet the military’s stringent Ballistic VO impact certification. The majority of Wiley X eyewear styles are also Rx Ready using the company’s advanced DIGIFORCE digital RX lens technology that ensures superior prescription accuracy and optical clarity over the widest possible field of vision.
To learn more about Wiley X’s line of eyewear products, visit www.wileyx.com.