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Nov 22, 2021

Kimball Electronics names successor to general counsel

Douglas Hass is currently associate general counsel and assistant secretary with the company

Kimball Electronics has named Douglas Hass as its next general counsel, chief compliance officer (CCO) and corporate secretary. He will succeed Kimball Electronics veteran John Kahle, who is retiring on December 31.

Hass is at present associate general counsel and assistant secretary, having joined the Jasper, Indiana-based company in 2020. His career includes more than 25 years of legal, management and operations experience focused on technology-intensive telecommunication companies and electronics manufacturers. Before joining Kimball Electronics, he was general counsel and secretary of Nasdaq-listed dairy company Lifeway Foods.

Kahle has been CCO with Kimball Electronics since 2016 and general counsel since the company split off from its former parent, Kimball International, in 2014. He was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Kimball International from 2001 until 2014 and was general counsel before then, having joined the company in 1987.

Kimball Electronics chair and CEO Donald Charron says in a statement: ‘Our company is bidding farewell to a trusted friend and colleague, who has served as a key leader for almost 35 years. During that time, John’s contributions were many, and his impact profound. His sound guidance, quick wit and worldly perspective will be missed.

‘On behalf of our board of directors and the entire organization, I want to extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for his dedication and legacy of success. We wish John the very best; he will always be welcomed by the Kimball Electronics family.

‘We are fortunate to have a leader of Doug’s caliber and pedigree ready to fill this critical role. Doug’s resumé speaks for itself, and his exceptional attitude is an ideal fit for our organization and leadership team.’


Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...