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Optimas Solutions Appoints Co-CEOs

Optimas Solutions Appoints Co-CEOs
October 12
16:21 2022

Tuffy and Harms

Optimas Solutions promoted Mike Tuffy to CEO, International, and Daniel Harms to CEO, Americas. The decision to implement a dual-CEO structure is based on the organizational model established in 2020 with autonomous yet connected business units.

This structure has brought Optimas closer to customers and suppliers and created greater community within the organization, Optimas explained. It also better reflects the scope of Harms and Tuffy’s roles and the contributions they’ve been making to Optimas for over a year.

“This promotion is recognition for how much Optimas, under the leadership of Mike and Daniel, has accomplished over the past year,” said AIP Partner Tim Horgan. “Their leadership, partnership, and results have exceeded expectations.”

Tuffy has over 35 years of experience in the fastener industry, with leadership positions across commercial, sourcing and operations. Previously he served in leadership positions at Walters Hexagon and Anixter, where he was part of the management team that significantly grew the business through organic growth and acquisitions. He was also part of the acquisition team that carved Optimas out of Anixter.

With nearly 20 years of supply chain experience, Harms has built and guided teams to deliver operational excellence across multiple industries. Prior to joining Optimas, he held several positions of increasing responsibility at DSC/CJ Logistics, culminating as Senior VP, Operations. Harms earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee. Harms is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

“The past year has been a great journey for Optimas,” said Harms and Tuffy. “We both share a deep belief in this dual-CEO structure — and the positive momentum Optimas has gained in the last year is real. Feedback from customers, prospects and teammates around the globe is positive and tells us we’re on the right track.”

Optimas distributes fasteners and supplies for manufacturers. Optimas includes companies dating back to 1890 and became Optimas in 2015 following 10 acquisitions between 2002 and 2008. Today Optimas has 1,400 employees, 5,000 customers and 4,000 suppliers.

Optimas has locations in 19 U.S. states plus Mexico, Europe and Asia/Pacific and is headquartered in Wood Dale, IL. Web:

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