Christopher Kautz Joins Zogics as Chief Operating Officer
Former COO of Level 9 Sports will help power Zogics growth initiatives
Zogics, experts in surface and air disinfection, personal safety, and efficient facility operations, today announced that Christopher Kautz has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Kautz most recently served as COO of Level 9 Sports, a multi-channel specialty retail business that blends sales from a direct-to-consumer website, third-party marketplaces, and brick-and-mortar stores. Before that, he was Head of Sales Operations at Backcountry, where he managed five sales teams made up of over 250 professionals who generated over $100M in annual sales.
At Zogics, Kautz will direct all core business functions, streamline operational processes, and work with the CEO to establish and implement the strategic growth vision for the company. Kautz will bring a combination of a strong operations background, pioneering sales history, and successful experience with companies ranging from startups to billion-dollar organizations to his work in ensuring Zogics’ customer success initiatives. Having driven growth strategies globally within several business units at Level 9 Sports, Kautz will also aid in Zogics’ continued growth trajectory.
“What I found most compelling about Zogics was its undisputed leadership in the facility supplies and safety market,” said Kautz. “Combining that with their entrepreneurial spirit, an energetic, motivated team, and fresh take on their vertical, it was an easy, natural move for me to make. I’m excited about the possibilities that lay ahead.”
“Christopher is truly a cross-functional leader with deep knowledge of consumer products in an eCommerce environment. He has a passion and a proven track record of helping organizations that are poised for growth to operationalize and scale,” said Paul LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Zogics. “We’re excited to have him join the team and help lead us in our sales and operational initiatives.”
Kautz has B.A. in political science from Valparaiso University, an M.A. in international relations from Louisiana State University, and worked towards his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at Arizona State University. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and speaks French fluently. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, two children, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Yeti. When he's not working you can likely find him on his bike or skis, enjoying life in the mountains.
Since 2006, Zogics has established itself as experts in facility health and safety, including surface disinfection, hand hygiene, and air quality, serving government, fitness, healthcare, education, corporate facilities, hospitality, transportation industries, and more. Zogics has been named one of Financial Times Americas’ fastest-growing companies (2021, 2020) and was included in Inc.5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America (2020, 2019, and 2018) as well as Inc. Best Workplaces list (2019 and 2018). For more information, visit zogics.com.
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