National Pen, with headquarters in both Ireland and the USA, has named Irishman Peter Kelly as CEO, replacing Dave Thompson, who remains Chairman of the board. Since 2009, Kelly served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of National Pen’s European operations, where he increased company profits fourfold. Under his direction National Pen won the prestigious Ireland Exporter of the Year award in 2014. He has nearly two decades of executive-level experience in sales, supply chain, sourcing, operations and manufacturing. In his European role Kelly was responsible for leading 1000 teammates in Dundalk and Bordeaux in multi disciplines, including a 19 language, 500 team contact centre.

Prior to joining National Pen he served in senior leadership capacities for Ulster Weavers Apparel Ltd, Lamont Holdings Plc, Ulster Carpet Mills Ltd and other organizations.

Worldwide, National Pen has a turnover of over €270 million. The company serves more than 1.5 million small businesses in 28 countries around the world with customised promotional products. Kelly will be based in National Pen’s San Diego headquarters.