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Contact: Charlotte Wells, Samson
Phone: 360.384.4669


Bon takes over helm as President of Samson

Ferndale, WA – January 17, 2007 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, has announced the appointment of Tony Bon to serve as the Company’s President, effective January 1, 2007. His background and experience are well suited to his new role with the company and will poise Samson for future growth. 
 Bon has been a valued member of the Samson team since 1974 when he began on the manufacturing floor in Samson’s Massachusetts facility. He soon progressed to Production Superintendent, and later transferred in 1980 to Samson’s Ferndale, Washington factory to be Plant Manager. Since then he has held positions as Materials Manager, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President, and most recently Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing Samson’s sales, operations, and research and development activities. Bon also enjoys a seat on the Board of Directors for United Way of Whatcom County. 
 Steve Swiackey, the Company’s former President, said,  "Tony has had an extensive association with the company and so I am pleased that he is taking over the helm of our senior leadership team.” Dr. Rafael Chou, Samson Vice President of Research & Development, noted that "Tony’s long company history and his deep understanding of our products make him an ideal candidate to solidify our position as the leading high-performance cordage company in the world.”  
“Although the majority of my experience is in operations, working closely with sales over the past 3 years has firmly grounded me in that aspect of the business as well,” according to Bon. He added, “I look forward to serving Samson in this broader capacity.” In his new role, Bon will have complete responsibility for the day to day operations of Samson. Bon succeeds Steve Swiackey, the Company’s President from 1985 to December 2006. Swiackey will remain with the Company and assume the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), retaining overall responsibility for Samson.
About Samson:
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings™ visit www.windriverholdings.com.
To find out more about Samson call 360.384.4669 or visit our website: www.samsonrope.com