USA – Buhler Inc., global company in process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials has named Andy Sharpe as the next president and chief executive officer of Buhler, Inc., effective Jan. 1.
He succeeds Rene Steiner, who is retiring following a 50-year career with Buhler, and will remain with the company through the transition.
Sharpe was president and CEO of Buhler Aeroglide, a drying applications and thermal processes specialist in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. and had served in the position since April 2015.
He joined Buhler in 1996 as market manager responsible for establishing the company’s office in Stamford, United Kingdom and was promoted to regional director for the company’s European, Middle Eastern and African markets.
Before joining Buhler, he had 18 years of experience at APV Baker Perkins.
“We are happy that, with Andy Sharpe, we were able to find a seasoned and successful business leader as successor for Rene,” said Dieter Voegtli, global head of sales and service at Buhler Group.
“Andy’s appointment will allow us to further develop relationships with our customers, based on the foundation laid by Rene and to provide continuity to our teams in North America.”
Sharpe said: “It’s an exciting time to take over the helm of Buhler North America as we advance a phase of equipment solutions and digital innovations that allow our customers to satisfy the basic food, mobility, and communications needs for billions of people, every day.
“As president and CEO, my goal is to perpetuate Buhler’s world class expertise, to help our customers grow their businesses across all industries, as well as create a workplace where our employees can thrive and do their very best.”
As head of the Aeroglide business unit, Sharpe built a culture of trust, respect and open communication, transforming that organization into one where entrepreneurship, accountability and innovation flourishes.
He is expected to foster transformational leadership to the North American sales and service organization with the help of world renowned technology solutions.