Following a 49-year career in the industry, John Hrdlick has announced his retirement as President and CEO of INX International Ink Company (Schaumburg, Illinois) effective April 30, 2023. At that time, Bryce Kristo will be promoted and serve as the company’s new President and CEO. Hrdlick was elevated to his current title in April of 2018 when Rick Clendenning retired. Kristo was promoted at the same time to Executive Vice President and has worked at INX since 1991. Hrdlick and Kristo will work together over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. INX is the third largest producer of inks in North America, with subsidiaries in Europe and South America, and is part of Sakata INX’s worldwide operations.
“I’m honoured that Sakata INX and INX have trusted me to serve as President and CEO, especially since I followed Rick Clendenning. He was a strong force and a leader in our company and industry for so many years,” Hrdlick added. “I couldn’t have achieved what I did without the many dedicated co-workers that I’ve been blessed to work alongside. They’re the core reason for the success of our company. I’m confident with Bryce transitioning into my role, and with the changes we agreed to, that INX will be well positioned for continued growth and success.”
Kristo became familiar with Sakata INX while working in public accounting at KPMG. In his 31 years at INX, he’s worked at the executive-management level learning and impacting virtually every facet of the company’s financial and operations culture, to prepare him for this next challenge. “The last 31 years have been a tremendous learning and growth experience,” Kristo recalled. “INX has given me the opportunity to contribute to the company’s success from its inception as a newly acquired entity of Sakata INX, to the present. I’ve had the great pleasure to learn from many long-term co-workers about the business, and I look forward to applying that knowledge and helping others to lead the company into the future.”