Bob Bukala succeeds Brad Rex as President and CEO
Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced that Bob Bukala will succeed Brad Rex as President and CEO.
"When Brad arrived at FPG four years ago, he established a compelling vision for an innovative company to reinvent the funeral experience. He has successfully executed against that vision while significantly growing the company and, today, Foundation Partners is a leader in the industry," stated Henry Hagan, Chairman of the Board. "The Board, Access Holdings and Brad are pleased that Bob Bukala will be leading the company in the next phase of growth."
"I am sad to leave our outstanding team, but know that Foundation Partners is well positioned for the future. Customers have embraced our ShareLife® difference and we provide a compelling proposition for firms that want to join our network, as evidenced by the nine acquisitions we completed this year," said Brad Rex. "Bob and I joined the company at the same time and have worked closely together to achieve the company's current success. FPG is in good hands with Bob."
"I'm privileged to succeed Brad in the role of President and CEO and will continue to build the company's future by leveraging the foundation of innovation and impeccable customer satisfaction that our families have come to expect from us," commented Bob Bukala. "Foundation Partners is a market leader in bringing innovation to the funeral service industry and our appetite for organic growth and acquisitions has never been greater. I look forward to working with the team and continuing to exceed expectations for the Families and Team Members we serve."
Bukala is an accomplished business executive with a proven track record growing companies through organic initiatives and acquisitions. Prior to accepting the role of President and CEO, Mr. Bukala was EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the company and He was instrumental in accelerating the pace of the nine acquisitions FPG completed over the past year. Prior to joining Foundation Partners, Bukala was Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Geomentum Inc. (IPG, NYSE). Prior to joining Geomentum, Bukala was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Knightsbridge Solutions, which grew from $9 million to $136 million in revenue over 6 years and was subsequently sold to Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ, NYSE). After completing the integration of Knightsbridge into Hewlett-Packard, Bukala became the CFO for the HP Worldwide Consulting Group and VP and CFO of EDS-Americas acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.