John M Stropki, Jr. former Chairman, President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. passed away on Saturday 11th May (2019), at the age of 68.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Lincoln Electric family worldwide, we extend our deepest condolences to John’s family at this difficult time,” said Christopher L Mapes, Chairman, President and CEO.

“John was not only an icon at Lincoln Electric, but was one of the most respected leaders in our industry. His relentless passion for the company, its customers and the industry left an indelible mark that will continue to live on forever.”

Stropki had a successful career at Lincoln Electric for 41 years and served as the company’s seventeenth CEO from 2004 to 2012.

Stropki started at Lincoln Electric as a summer intern while attending college and rose through the sales organisation to become Executive Vice-President and President, North America in 1996.

He joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and was promoted to Chairman, President and CEO in 2004.