Gentex - Gentex names new Managing Director for subsidiary, Helmet Integrated Systems

10 December 2014

Gentex names new Managing Director for subsidiary, Helmet Integrated Systems

Richard Dellar

Carbondale, Pennsylvania, December 10, 2014. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in integrated helmet systems for defense and security personnel welcomes Richard Dellar as the new Managing Director of its U.K. subsidiary, Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd (HISL). Dellar brings over 30 years military and industry experience to the HISL leadership team.

“We are excited to have a seasoned leader with the wealth of knowledge that Richard embodies join our executive team,” said L.P. Frieder, III, President, Gentex Corporation. “Richard’s background and experience complement our enterprise objectives of achieving continued international growth and providing even better support to our growing global customer base,” added Frieder.

Dellar succeeds retiring Managing Director, Jan Korny, who has been with the company for 23 years. Reporting to the President of Gentex Corporation, Dellar will lead the HISL team from their headquarters in Letchworth, U.K. “It’s a very exciting time to join Gentex,” commented Dellar. “I’m confident in and look forward to working with the team of talented and dedicated employees at HISL.”

Dellar’s career began as an Army Engineer in the U.K.’s military and over the years evolved into various management and leadership executive positions in the defense, security and aerospace industries with international companies such as BAE, EADS Space (Airbus) and most recently, Chemring.

Headquartered in the U.K., HISL is an established provider of helmets, communications equipment and respiratory protection for civil, defense, security and industrial personnel. Gentex acquired HISL in July of 2014 with plans to combine their world-class products, technologies, and manufacturing resources to provide customers one of the most advanced, comprehensive lines of integrated helmet, respiratory and communications systems in the market.

About Gentex Corporation
Leveraging a product development and manufacturing history that spans more than 100 years, Gentex is a leading provider of innovative solutions that enhance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense and security personnel operating in high performance environments. The company’s Gentex® and Ops-Core® family of products and systems include helmet systems for both ground and air applications; aircrew life support systems; advanced optics; ground soldier protective equipment; high performance textiles; respiratory protection, and communications equipment. Headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, the company is privately held and supports worldwide customers through a global distributor network and other U.S. facilities in Rancho Cucamonga, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; Millwood, New York; and Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more at

About Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd
Founded in 1924, Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd (HISL), a subsidiary of Gentex Corporation, has been at the forefront of the protective helmet industry for over 90 years. HISL helmet systems, combined with face shields, visors, respiratory and communications equipment are in use throughout the world offering protection to personnel in a wide range of occupations.  HISL is headquartered in Letchworth Garden City, U.K., with facilities in Stranraer, U.K. and at its subsidiary, Interactive Safety Products, Inc., in Huntersville, North Carolina. Learn more at

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