Dave Calhoun is President of Kids2, Inc., a global consumer goods company headquartered in Atlanta that designs solutions to help early-stage families and includes the leading infant, baby, and toddler brands Baby Einstein™, Bright Starts™, and Ingenuity™.
Calhoun joined Kids2 in 2016 to oversee the internal transformation of the organization’s employee, consumer, and retailer-facing operations, which includes global sales, sales planning, global operations, business units, direct to consumer, communications, project management, IT, and human resources. Leveraging the core values of Kids2, Calhoun is charged with growing a corporate culture that motivates and engages all team members while leading the company’s mission to redefine the industry by creating holistic solutions for early-stage parents that transcend borders, categories, and aisles.
Calhoun is a proven leader with a successful P&L track record of regional and corporate turnaround, and high sales and profit growth. During twenty years at Laron-Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway company, where he last served as President North America, Calhoun demonstrated success in analyzing, creating, and maximizing competitive advantage through strategy, transformation, and operational excellence.
Most recently, Calhoun was President and COO at Kleen-Tex Industries, where he had full P&L responsibility working with the CEO to develop and implement the strategic direction for this global organization. Kleen-Tex manufactures high-quality matting for commercial, industry, and residential in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and South America. He was also charged with transforming the company’s Asia business model, hiring a new European Managing Director, acquiring two South African distributors, and hiring a Global Director of IT. Calhoun served on the Kleen-Tex board for two years, prior to becoming President and COO.
Calhoun earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Telecommunications at Indiana University Bloomington and is involved with the Institute of Management Studies, Kettering Executive Network, Vistage, and is a board member of non-profit Lekotek Georgia.
Favorite Childhood Toy: A full-size GI Joe.
Inspired by: Steve Jobs for his innovation of “backspace” versus “start over” which saved Dave hours in college and opened his thinking to the power of innovation.
Hobby: Dave has traveled the world and enjoys immersing himself in other cultures, reading, sports, and family.
Kids2 is a global company that designs solutions to help early-stage parents and families create tiny wins that build bright futures. The Kids2™ brand portfolio includes the leading infant, baby, and toddler brands Baby Einstein®, Bright Starts®, and Ingenuity®. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids2 spans globally with 12 offices on four continents serving customers in more than 90 countries and has been inventing and reinventing baby products for 50 years. Led by CEO Ryan Gunnigle, it operates with an agile start-up approach, which fosters the company’s growing success.