Otis Technology has appointed Larry Williams as chief executive officer, effective July 9.
Otis Technology was founded 33 years ago by the Williams family and has grown to be a leading brand of gun cleaning equipment and related accessories for the U.S. military, law enforcement and sport shooters worldwide. Larry Williams has been an integral part of the company for over 20 years. He led the operations function for many years and was “the driving force for shifting the Otis culture to that of a lean organization.”
In 2013, Larry Williams assumed a role on the advisory board among his siblings, where his focus became more strategic in nature and mentored a team of senior managers, including current CEO Leonard Puzzuoli, to carry out strategic initiatives. He continued to take on special projects within various departments, helping them achieve efficiency, cost savings, growth or other key objectives.
Otis Technology was founded in 1985 by Doreen Garrett. She and her siblings–Larry Williams, Denise Miller and Nick Williams, together with their parents, Jerry and Lori Williams, worked to position Otis as the leader in firearms maintenance products. Doreen Garrett was CEO for 28 years before assuming her current role as chairwoman.
Puzzuoli has been with Otis Technology for nine years, succeeding Garrett in the CEO role for the past five years. He will assist in the transition over the next month and will be leaving the company. The board thanked Puzzuoli for his years of service as both CFO and CEO.
Larry Williams commented, “I recognize the responsibilities and challenges ahead of us, and look forward to guiding Otis. We are excited to continue to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations. I appreciate the confidence the Advisory Board has shown in me and the entire Otis team.”