J.J. Keller & Associates has announced that Marne L. Keller-Krikava will take over as president & CEO on Jan. 1, 2014. Keller-Krikava will replace James J. Keller, who will now serve as vice chairman and treasurer of J.J. Keller & Associates. He will continue to serve as vice president & treasurer of the J. J. Keller Foundation as well. Robert L. Keller will continue as chairman, presiding over the company’s board of directors. He will also remain as president of the J. J. Keller Foundation.
Keller-Krikava, the company’s current executive vice president, started working at J. J. Keller as a part-time associate when she was 12 years old and has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company full-time in 1990. Her career has included key roles in marketing, product development, strategy/business planning, and new markets.
“I am deeply honored and excited about this opportunity,” said Marne. “J. J. Keller is a great company with an exceptional brand and a strong, seasoned leadership team and associate base. We will build upon the company’s solid foundation, leveraging our core competencies, while continuing to evolve the business.”
Rustin R. Keller will assume the role of executive vice president & COO, also effective Jan. 1, 2014. Rustin worked summers for the company beginning at the age of 12, joining J. J. Keller full-time in 1999. His career at J. J. Keller started within the online services division, with the creation of flagship services such as KellerOnline, FleetMentor, and Prospera, and most recently he has led the rapidly expanding business services areas.
J. J. Keller is a third-generation family business, founded by John J. Keller in 1953. Marne and Rustin are both third-generation family members who have worked in nearly every area of the company during their tenure.