BRISTOL, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barnes Group, Inc. (NYSE: B), an international industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, today announced the appointment of James Berklas to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective immediately.
“As a diversified, global company, having an experienced and trusted legal team is critical to our business and supporting the successful execution of our strategy,” said Patrick J. Dempsey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnes Group Inc. “Jim is a proven business-focused leader and I am confident that his legal skills, strong business acumen and breadth of legal expertise will complement our senior leadership team.”
Before joining Barnes Group, Mr. Berklas served as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Associate Corporate Secretary for Herbalife, Ltd. in Los Angeles, California from 2008 to 2015. In this role, he was responsible for legal affairs and compliance, and served as corporate secretary. Previously, Mr. Berklas served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Marietta Corporation from 2005 to 2008 and, from 2006 to 2008, as Marietta’s Senior Vice President, Hotel Division General Manager. Jim commenced his career in private practice with three prominent law firms including Vinson & Elkins LLP, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, and Irell & Manella LLP.
Mr. Berklas holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Berklas will be relocating to Connecticut from California.
Founded in 1857, Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B) is an international industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a wide range of end markets and customers. The highly engineered products, differentiated industrial technologies, and innovative solutions delivered by Barnes Group are used in far-reaching applications that provide transportation, manufacturing, healthcare products, and technology to the world. Barnes Group’s approximately 4,500 skilled and dedicated employees, at more than 60 locations worldwide, are committed to achieving consistent and sustainable profitable growth.