Stuller CEO: Future Looks Bright

On March 28, Stuller announced that chief operating officer Jay Jackson had been named the Lafayette, La.­–based manufacturer’s president and CEO, with founder Matt Stuller assuming the title of chairman. Stuller and Jackson talked to JCK following the announcement. What should we know about Jay Jackson taking over as CEO?Matt Stuller: What I’ve said to everyone is: This has been earned. For the past 14-plus years, Jay has demonstrated amazing leadership and vision in every division he has managed.Matt, what does that mean for you? MS: I am still leading the business. But I got to the point where I felt like I was stretched too thin and involved in a lot of small decisions and didn’t have time to focus on the big things. I am still owner. I have made a substantial commitment to this organization.Will you be a full-time chairman?MS: I am planning to take a little more time off th

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