The Lincoln Electric Company has revealed the promotion of Michele R. Kuhrt to Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective from 1st July 2016.

As CIO, Kuhrt will have oversight of the company’s enterprise information technology (IT) systems and will be responsible for managing a global team and a broad range of global IT initiatives focused on supporting the company’s growth strategy, operations and IT infrastructure.

“Michele has demonstrated strong leadership within our organisation and has been invaluable in the execution of our 2020 strategic initiatives,” stated Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s Chairman, President and CEO.

“I am confident that Michele’s deep experience at Lincoln Electric leading key finance initiatives and growing shared service functions will help guide the implementation of our enterprise IT systems and support the growth of global operations while achieving efficiencies and improved service quality.”

Kuhrt joined Lincoln Electric in 1997 as director of Taxes and in 2006 was elected as a company officer and senior vice-president, Tax with responsibility for Lincoln Electric’s global tax matters and the US payroll shared services centre.