LaCroix Precision Optics of Batesville recently announced the promotion of Kirk Warden to president of the company, effective July 2, 2018. Ray LaCroix, Jr., who has served as president since 1985, will assume the role of chairman of the board, noted a release announcing the promotion.
“This is an exciting new chapter for our company,” said LaCroix. “After 57 years with the company, it was time that I put in places the planned succession strategy for the company. I know Kirk will do a great job, and we are confident about the future of LaCroix Precision Optics under his leadership.”
Raymond LaCroix, Jr., has been active in the company since 1961 and has served as president since the death of his father Raymond LaCroix, Sr., in 1985. In his new role as chairman of the board, he will continue to participate in corporate strategic planning and provide as counsel to the president.
“I am honored to be named president of this great family-owned company and fully appreciated the importance of continuing the successful traditions that Ray, his father, and the outstanding employees have established over the last 71 years,” said Warden. “Our industry is vital to everything from national defense to medical breakthroughs and many other exciting emerging technologies. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to guide LaCroix’s leadership position in the precision optics industry.”
Warden has been with LaCroix Precision Optics for 15 years and has served as executive vice president since 2012. As executive vice president, Warden managed day-to-day operations and the sales and marketing efforts of the company. He has a bachelors in political science from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. Warden is married to Michelle, a radiologist, and has two daughters, Logan, 11, and Drew, 8. He serves on multiple not-for-profit boards including the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association, the Lyon College board of trustees, and the Batesville Regional Airport Commission.