Point Blank Enterprises Appoints Michael Archibald President of The Protective Group
Posted on June 21, 2017
Point Blank Enterprises (“Point Blank” or “PBE”), the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Archibald as its new President of “The Protective Group” or “TPG”.
Mike is a transformational, high-impact leader experienced with both Fortune 100 corporations and mid-sized privately held industrial companies. Mr. Archibald brings a unique background and expertise in industrial operations and lean manufacturing combined with extensive strategic marketing and commercial sales experience within the segments of power generation, oil & gas, defense, and general industry. Mr. Archibald will lead TPG's ongoing efforts to offer state of the art products while expanding TPG manufacturing capabilities.
Founded in 1971, TPG has been developing lightweight composite armor solutions that have been deployed by all branches of the U.S. Military, including the Army, Special Operations Forces, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, as well as international armed forces around the world. TPG’s products span the gamut – from body armor systems to aircraft and vehicular armor – providing Warfighters with the best protection possible. Within body armor, TPG manufactures and supplies the U.S. Military with diverse hard armor offerings, including SAPI, ESAPI and XSAPI plates, as well as National Institute of Justice (“NIJ”) Level III and Level IV plates for Law Enforcement.
Since 2001, TPG has also supplied aircraft armor to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and today, their Ballistic Protection System (“BPS”) protects over 90% of the Department of Defense’s rotary wing fleet, with over 2,000 BPS systems delivered to the Iraqi and Afghan theaters. Additionally, TPG has a growing presence in vehicular armor, producing lower weight vehicular armor kits for several military vehicles, including the Bradley, Patriot, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and MRAP. Combining its products with its systems integration capabilities, such as rapid digitalization/scanning, 3D modeling, ground vehicle and aviation platforms, TPG works closely with the Department of Defense and its prime customers to develop survivability solutions for America’s Warfighters and its allies.
Commenting on the new appointment, Daniel Gaston, Chief Executive Officer of Point Blank Enterprises said, “Mike’s experience and leadership will be a significant asset to our executive team. He brings senior leadership with a proven record with extraordinary results. His extensive experience in leading business operations will be vital as we look to produce innovative solutions for our military and law enforcement customers. We welcome Mike to his new role and look forward to the bright future of TPG.”
With 20 years of senior management experience, Mr. Archibald brings a broad range of expertise, including executive operations, product and business development, and engineering roles at a number of large organizations. Prior to joining PBE/TPG, he served as Senior Executive at General Electric Energy Management leading the Global Aftermarket Services, Power Conversion Division, CEO of Converteam North America, and Division President and CEO of the Americas for the Siemens Energy- Oil and Gas.
Mr. Archibald received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. His continuing education has included Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Harvard Business School, and Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.