Mechanix Wear, a designer and manufacturer of work gloves and backed by Gryphon Investors, has promoted Jesse Spungin from president and COO to CEO. Former CEO Michael Hale will transition to the position of vice chairman of the board.

Spungin joined Mechanix Wear in 2019 and has been responsible for leading global sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining the company, he was president at K&N Engineering, an automotive filtration and technology company and a previous Gryphon portfolio investment.

“We believe Jesse will offer thoughtful guidance as he takes over the operational leadership of the company,” says Dennis O’Brien, Gryphon operating partner and chairman of the board of Mechanix Wear. “Since joining Mechanix Wear, he has become an expert in the business and brings differentiated cross-functional leadership skills that will help shape the long-term future of the company and enable it to thrive.”