Lincoln Electric Holdings has announced the retirement of George Blankenship, Executive Vice-President and President of Americas Welding, effective 31st May.
Blankenship joined Lincoln Electric in 1985 as an Engineering Trainee and held various engineering and product development management positions until 2009, when he was promoted to Senior Vice-President and President North America.
In 2016, he was named Executive Vice-President and President of Americas Welding. During his 25-year tenure, his technical, strategic and operational contributions have advanced the company’s position.
Commenting on his retirement, Blankenship, said, “It’s been an honour and privilege to have had the opportunity to lead in this great company and be part of such an amazing industry.”
“I have infinite confidence in our organisation, our products, our people, and our succession planning process which will provide for a smooth leadership transition. We are successful because of our team’s dedication to our customers, our focus on winning, and operating by a strong ethical foundation.”
Following Blankenship’s retirement, Christopher Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Office will oversee the Americas Welding organisation unit an internal successor is named.
“We thank George for his tremendous leadership and contributions, which position Lincoln Electric for future success,” said Mapes.
“We congratulate him on an exceptional career that oversaw the development of over 60 patents, the digitalisation and automation of our solutions, the advent of IoT, additive manufacturing, enhanced commercial and operation excellence, and the development of a strong segment leadership team.”