Bradford Executive Team
John Howland, Executive Chairman
Under John’s leadership, Bradford has become a prominent force in the personal care industry. He joined Bradford in 1978, spent his early years working in the operations and sales end of the business, and advanced to President and COO in 1983. He is the second generation of the Howland family to lead the company, having succeeded his father, Allen, as CEO in the early 1990s. John received a BA in Economics from Amherst College. After serving in Vietnam and then receiving his MBA from Columbia University, John worked as a security analyst for three Wall Street firms: Lehman Brothers, Jas. Oliphant & Associates and Merrill Lynch. John's research focused on the high technology sector. For several years he was a top-rated analyst by Institutional Investor magazine.
Stuart Benton, President & CEO
Stu moved into the position of President and CEO in May 2016, after serving as Bradford's CFO for over 5 years. He is building upon Bradford’s innovative culture and pursing initiatives that are strategically important for the company’s growth. Prior to joining Bradford, Stu served in senior level executive roles at a variety of manufacturing, distribution and service companies. Early in his career, Stu was a practicing CPA at one of New England’s largest regional CPA firms. Stu holds a BS in Accountancy from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University. He is the Past President of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and served a two-year term on the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Chris Buckley, EVP New Business Development
Chris joined Bradford UK in 2001 as Sales Director and became Managing Director in 2002. In late 2004, Chris moved to Bradford’s Global Headquarters to become EVP of New Business Development. During his tenure, Bradford has expanded its market leading position by offering unmatched innovation and a full array of value-added services, such as insights into personal care trends. Prior to joining Bradford, Chris served in a variety of senior sales and marketing positions with several multi-national personal care companies. His experience includes both existing and new market development, and spans both branded and private label marketing. Chris holds a HND in Chemistry from Hudderfield University and has completed General Management training at Cranfield University.
Jimmy Curran, EVP Operations
Jimmy joined Bradford UK in 2002 as Operations Director, and succeeded Chris Buckley as Managing Director in 2004. In the fall of 2005, Jimmy moved to Rhode Island to lead Bradford’s global operations. Jimmy has been instrumental in transforming Bradford’s manufacturing platform into the flexible, efficient, reliable operation that it is today. Before joining Bradford, he was the Operations Director for Standard Soap (UK) where he was responsible for both bar soap and liquid filling operations. Jimmy holds a HND in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Helens University and a NEBOSH diploma in Management from Skelmersdale College.