Le Maitre has announced that it has hired Bruce Baum as its new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Baum will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Le Maitre’s US operations and the oversight and management of Le Maitre group’s financial team. He will be based at Le Maitre’s US location in Las Vegas, Nevada. Baum’s efforts will be to support the current management team in the development and implementation of Le Maitre’s growth strategy and continue to improve the company’s delivery of products and services to Le Maitre’s worldwide customer base.
Most recently, Bruce was the Chief Financial Officer of Pyrotek Special Effects, Inc. a leader in providing special effects for concert touring, live performances, televisions award shows and special events. Pyrotek, headquartered in Canada with an operation in Las Vegas is one of Le Maitre’s customers. Previously, Baum's experience included leading GES Exposition Services in improving their North American operations and their financial performance. In addition, Baum spent over 15 years with Phoenix, Arizona based Viad Corp in overseeing Viad’s subsidiary operations, corporate strategy, acquisitions and divestitures.
"Baum has an impressive history of building efficient operations and leading companies through growth," said Karen Haddon, Joint Managing Director of Le Maitre LTD. "With our focus on growing our business coupled with bringing new manufacturing technology to our company, he will be instrumental in ensuring that our customer experience and quality focus remains a top priority while delivering improved operational and financial performance. He is known for running successful operations and managing groups of talented people in a way that always benefits the customer."
"Le Maitre has been a leader and an innovator in the special effects industry for over 35 years. It is an extremely well run and profitable company that is looking to grow, and I am very humbled and excited to become part of the Le Maitre team," said Bruce Baum. "As I assume the responsibilities in this new role, my goal is to continuously improve and grow our business while never losing focus on delivering innovative and high quality products to our customers."