Sikes Joins Kids2 as the Leader of Manufacturing Operations to Streamline In-House Toy Production

20 September 2021

Atlanta, GA (August 2021) – Kids2, a global company that designs solutions for early-stage parents and families, today announced the appointment of John Sikes as Executive Vice President, Global Operations, to lead its manufacturing and supply chain functions.

In his role, Sikes will oversee Kids2’s production process to improve agility and maximize profitability, by spearheading global inventory planning, transportation, distribution and customer operations. Sikes will assist in redeveloping Kids2’s operations to reflect the company’s overall design-driven approach; ensuring lower cost and higher quality products, while establishing a safe and efficient production environment. These efforts will also bolster Kids2’s continued global growth and movement into ecommerce. He will also oversee the management of the company’s solely-owned manufacturing facility in China.

“Kids2 is expanding its solutions to families worldwide at a rapid pace,” said Ryan Gunnigle, Kids2 Owner & CEO. “John’s depth of expertise is exactly what Kids2 needs to ensure that our operations can support this international growth, and I’m confident that he will be an incredible addition to the Kids2 family.”

Sikes comes to Kids2 from American Air Filter, International – Division of Daikin Industries, HVAC Filtration, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Operations. He has over 20 years of operations experience, with an accomplished background in areas such as lean manufacturing, distribution, plant management, scrap reduction, product development, and more. Sikes received his Master of Science in Engineering Management from Kennedy Western University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute. He is also affiliated with multiple professional manufacturing groups, including, but not limited to, ASQ, Lean CEO, and Global Manufacturing Executives.

“It is very exciting to join a design-driven company that sees the value in creating an ecosystem around their products, and has the same passion for manufacturing as I do,” said John Sikes, Kids2 Executive Vice President, Global Operations. “I’m proud to be a new member of the Kids2 team, and can’t wait to see how the company’s operations develop as a result of our work together.”

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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.