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Optimas, the Former Anixter Fasteners, Names New CEO

GLENVIEW, IL - Industrial fastener firm Optimas Solutions, promoted Marc Strandquist to CEO, succeeding newly elected Optimas Board Chair TJ Rosengarth.

Strandquist joined Optimas as President of the Americas in January of 2020 with over 30 years of experience in fastener distribution and manufacturing, including seven years as business development manager at Würth Group, plus time at Reliant Fasteners, GenFast Manufacturing, and General Fasteners, among others.

He also spent three years with Visioneering, a private equity owned company established in 1953 to provide the aerospace industry with high quality design and engineered concepts. Now Strandquist will oversee corporate functions, and the planning and execution of Optimas Solutions’ strategic plan for its regional business groups—Americas and International.

"Marc is the right person to lead Optimas into the future," said Rosengarth. "He's deeply committed to the company and has the strategic vision, industry relationships and leadership style to build on the success we've earned this year.

Optimas OE Solutions arose in 2015, when private equity firm American Industrial Partners completed the acquisition of Anixter International’s OEM Supply Fasteners division.

Strandquist will continue to oversee the company's Americas businesses, a role in which he has ignited revenue growth, service diversification and technology advancements under his Manufacturing Solutions strategy. Optimas says the strategy is also driving improvements in sourcing and operations and enhancing customer service across North America.

Strandquist has deep experience overseeing fastener companies in Europe, South America and North America. He is also a past president of the National Fastener Distributors Association.