Flippin to Lead Wright International SalesDecember 13, 2012
Pat Flippin has joined Wright Global Graphic Solutions to the newly created position of director of international business development.
In this role, Flippin, an industry veteran, is responsible for creating new business opportunities, increasing sales overseas and strengthening Thomasville, N.C.-based Wright’s position as a leader in packaging and marketing solutions around the world, specifically in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Flippin is best known for his long tenure at Kingsdown, where he started in 1986 as a regional operations and plant manager. Six years later he was promoted to vice president of sales and is credited with growing sales, opening new territories, and assisting in new product development. Flippin took on the responsibilities of vice president of manufacturing in 1996, which included increasing manufacturing efficiencies and creating an internal customer service department to address quality control.
From 2001 to 2010, Flippin was Kingsdown’s president and chief operating officer. In this position he played a key role in expanding domestic and international manufacturing, including the opening or expansion of four new U.S. facilities, spearheading sleep research at the Sleep to Live Institute, and developing and implementing high quality standards.
Currently, Flippin works with Global Sourcing Solutions USA, Asia as its president of North/South America operations. There, he is responsible for all sales, corporate strategies and sourcing for American markets.
Flippin started his home furnishings career in 1980 at Symbol Mattress. During his six years with the company, he held the position of purchasing agent. He has also held prestigious positions in the mattress industry including the president of the International Sleep Products Association and served for nine years as a member of the board at Kingsdown Inc.
“We are excited to embrace Pat as part of the Wright Global Graphic Solutions family,” said Wright Senior Vice President of International Operations Ron Wright. "Our international business has been growing at a steady pace over the last several years, and we recognized the need for a seasoned executive to help us implement our corporate vision in Asia and the Middle East. Pat is a well known and respected leader in the sleep products industry and has made strong connections with numerous international contractors. We know these relationships will play an integral role in our company’s strategic growth plan, especially overseas."