Clarcor Engine Mobile Group Announces Leadership Transition

Clarcor Engine Mobile Group Announces Leadership Transition

Sam Ferrise served as president since 2014 and as president of Baldwin Filters for 13 years prior to that. His leadership, industry expertise, enthusiasm and passion will be missed by all privileged to work with him, the company says.

Sam Ferrise
Sam Ferrise

KEARNEY, Neb. — After 15 years of exceptional service, CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group President Sam Ferrise has decided to retire, the company says. Ferrise served as president since 2014 and as president of Baldwin Filters for 13 years prior to that. His leadership, industry expertise, enthusiasm and passion will be missed by all privileged to work with him, the company says.

Ferrise will be remembered for expanding Baldwin’s business into international and OE markets, as well as his many technological and operational achievements. “Sam Ferrise, more than any other individual, has been responsible for CLARCOR’s growth and outstanding financial performance over the last 15 years. Under Sam’s leadership, Baldwin Filters and our associated engine/mobile businesses have enjoyed tremendous growth and success,” said Christopher L. Conway, CLARCOR’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

In his retirement, Ferrise is looking forward to enjoying time with his wife Kay, children and grandchildren.

CLARCOR appointed Jacob Thomas as the new president of the CLARCOR Engine Mobile Filtration Group in September 2015. Thomas has global responsibility for leading the Engine/Mobile Filtration segment of CLARCOR.

“Jacob’s entire career has been focused on growing businesses in the engine/mobile sector for some of the most respected and well known public companies in the world,” Conway said. “His strong leadership skills, demonstrated performance in both OEM and aftermarket businesses and international experience are exactly what we need to help us grow our Engine/Mobile Filtration segment around the globe.”

Jacob Thomas
Jacob Thomas

Prior to joining CLARCOR, Thomas served as president of the Diaphragm and Dosing Pumps Group of IDEX Corp. where he managed a portfolio of businesses including Warren Rupp. Before that, Thomas spent seven years in executive roles for Terex Corp., including president of Terex Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Thomas also worked nine years for Navistar International Corp. in a series of senior positions, including vice president of Navistar’s Big Bore Diesel Engines business unit. He also held positions with Case Corp. and Ford Motor Co. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

CLARCOR EMG is a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of original equipment and aftermarket fuel, air, oil and hydraulic filtration products for a wide range of engine mobile applications. Product brands in the CLARCOR EMG portfolio include Baldwin Filters, Hastings Premium Filters, Clark Filter and Stanadyne Fuel Additives. More information on CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group can be found at

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