Eriez names Jaisen Kohmuench as new president and CEO

Nov. 8, 2023
Lukas Guenthardt retires after 12 years of dedicated service
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(Erie, PA – Eriez Release) – Eriez, a global leader in separation technologies, recently announced the appointment of Jaisen Kohmuench as president & CEO, effective January 1, 2024. He will succeed current president & CEO, Lukas Guenthardt, who is retiring at the end of 2023. This appointment is the culmination of a carefully planned succession strategy, with Kohmuench working closely alongside Guenthardt and the Eriez board of directors to ensure a seamless transition of responsibilities.

Richard Merwin, chairman of the board, conveyed his deep appreciation for the outgoing president & CEO, stating, "Lukas has played a pivotal role in driving the company’s transformative growth, fostering innovation, and achieving remarkable success during his tenure. Under his visionary leadership, Eriez achieved record revenues and strengthened its global market presence.”

After a comprehensive selection process that considered both internal and external candidates, Kohmuench emerged as the clear choice to succeed Guenthardt, according to Merwin. With more than two decades of service to Eriez, Kohmuench has held various executive-level roles within the organization, most recently as chief operating officer.

Kohmuench’s journey at Eriez has taken him from his initial role in research and development as a process engineer to directing and expanding the U.S. Flotation group. He later assumed an expatriate position as managing director for Eriez-Australia before returning to the U.S. to manage all of Eriez' international businesses as vice-president of international and then chief operating officer.

"Jaisen's career path reflects a distinctive fusion of technical and financial responsibilities that have helped him develop into the versatile and accomplished leader he is today," Merwin said.

Established in 1942, Eriez is a global leader in separation technologies. The company’s more than 900 employees provide technical solutions to the mining, food, recycling, packaging, aggregate and other processing industries. Headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, Eriez designs, manufactures, and markets on six continents through 12 wholly owned international subsidiaries. For more information, visit www.eriez.com.

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