Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., Cleveland, OH, named John M. Stropki, Jr., executive chairman of the board (he had been chairman, president and CEO of the firm), and Christopher L. Mapes president and CEO, effective December 31, 2012. Mapes has served as the welding-equipment manufacturer’s CEO since September 2011.
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, CT, appointed Shane Simpson regional manager of machine tool sales (laser cutting, punching, combination punch-laser and press-brake equipment) for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States; and Tom Bailey product manager in North America for the firm’s press-brake product line, including the TruBend and BendMaster brands. Stephen Bundschu is the new vice president of engineering and manufacturing. He will oversee the firm’s machine assembly, components, sheetmetal, tooling and purchasing departments, while continuing to manage the engineering department, which he has done as director of engineering since 2004. Dr. Christof Lehner has been appointed general manager of the Trumpf Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, MI. He’ll oversee laser-division sales for the company as well as service and support for North America.
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