LOUISVILLE, KY. — Elaine Gravatte has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of DDW. She also has been selected to the company’s board of directors. She will report to Ted Nixon, chairman and chief executive officer.

In her new role, Ms. Gravatte will lead the core operations, while Mr. Nixon will continue to focus on strategy and growth initiatives for the company.

“Elaine’s strong experience in cross-functional leadership gives me confidence in our continued success in manufacturing, innovation and creating color solutions for customers,” Mr. Nixon said.

Elaine Gravatte, new president and c.o.o. of DDW.

Ms. Gravatte most recently was senior vice-president of global operations, with responsibility for manufacturing, quality, supply chain and human resources. She also held the position of regional president and c.o.o., North America. In recent years, she has worked as an account executive for a key, global strategic customer. Ms. Gravatte began her DDW career in 2000 as manager of human resources after six years in team and training management with SerVend International (The Manitowoc Company, Inc.). 

Ms. Gravatte recently completed The Wharton School’s Global CEO Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication and psychology from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in human resource development from Vanderbilt University.