Mr. August M. Vlak, also known as Gus, has been Chief Executive Officer and President at The Eastern Company since January 1, 2016. He has been a management consultant and, most recently, a Senior Advisor to Barington Capital Group, L.P. Mr. Vlak's consulting work focused on growth strategy and operational performance improvement at more than 50 companies - including leading domestic and global industrial enterprises - where he has worked directly with numerous senior management teams and boards of directors. Mr. Vlak was a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of the health care practice. He was an Investment Banker with Lehman Brother's Health Care Banking Group. Mr. Vlak holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Amherst College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.