Experienced Leadership

Our senior leadership team brings deep operational, finance and strategic know-how to create long term value for shareholders. In addition, all of our business are led by experienced leaders with extensive expertise in our operations, markets, and customers.

Senior Leaders

Vlak, August M
August M. Vlak

Chief executive officer & President

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.

Vlak, August M
John L. Sullivan III

Chief financial officer & Vice President

Mr. John L. Sullivan, III has been Chief Financial Officer of The Eastern Company since December 13, 2006 and has also been its Vice President since January 2, 2000. Mr. Sullivan served as Secretary of Eastern from April 26, 2000 to December 13, 2006 and also served as the Treasurer from January 2, 2000 to December 13, 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Corporate Controller of Eastern.