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Derek Molitor Brings Operational Excellence Focus to Director of Ops Role at Jensen Outdoor
By Phillip Crowe
Jensen Outdoor–North America’s sustainable luxury wood furniture manufacturer–is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Molitor as our Director of Operations.
Jensen Outdoor is pleased to announce that Derek Molitor will be joining the Sandston, VA team as Director of Operations, effective May 1, 2023. Derek brings over 17 years of experience in manufacturing and operations management, and his expertise will help strengthen all aspects of Jensen Outdoor’s operational excellence.
In his role, Derek will help with planning, scheduling, overall organization, and execution of the operations of the business. He will also focus on better serving Jensen’s customers by creating smooth and efficient processes that will allow greater accuracy of lead times and orders delivered. With his proven track record of leading teams to create high-functioning processes, we are confident that he will be a great addition.
Derek’s professional experience includes his current role as Director of Operational Excellence at Weaber Inc., where he has been responsible for the development and implementation of productivity improvements at 4 facilities. He has also served as a Plant Manager and Continuous Improvement Manager, where he managed a large team of production employees for one of the world’s biggest hardwood manufacturers in an environment heavily focused on safety.
Derek is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and has been living in Richmond, VA since 2006. He is married to his Junior High School sweetheart, Melissa, and they have three boys: Doak, Rowan, and Bodhi. They also have two cats, Bebe and Ben, and a dog named Lobo. Derek takes pride in his involvement with Varina Youth Baseball as a coach and as a member of the Board of Directors.
Please join us in welcoming Derek to the Jensen Outdoor team. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him to continue to deliver the highest quality outdoor furniture to our customers.
About Jensen Outdoor
Jensen Outdoor is a leading manufacturer of luxury outdoor wood furniture for the North American market. The company is committed to sustainability, using 100% FSC-certified Ipe timber harvested from the tropical forests of Bolivia to craft heirloom-quality pieces. Jensen Outdoor’s furniture is “Made to Inspire,” bringing comfort, beauty, and longevity to outdoor living.