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Jenkins to lead Yaskawa NA sales & marketing; promotions for Burnside, Schenher


November 24, 2015
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Nov. 24, 2015 – Yaskawa Motoman has announced a new leader for its North American sales and marketing team, as well as key organizational changes that, it says, will “position the company for the next stage of growth and customer service.”

Scott Jenkins has joined Yaskawa Motoman as vice-president of North American sales & marketing. “Scott brings several years of executive-level industry experience in sales and marketing,” said Steve Barhorst, president and COO of Yaskawa Motoman. “He is a proven executive that delivered exceptional results for ITW Welding Group, a well-respected technologies organization. We are fortunate to have Scott join our executive leadership team, bringing a breadth of knowledge in sales, marketing and product development.”  

Jenkins was formerly senior vice-president of sales & marketing for ITW Welding Group, overseeing all sales and marketing activities for Miller, Hobart, Bernard and Tregaskiss. He brings nearly three decades of experience in industrial manufacturing and distribution to Yaskawa Motoman.

“Yaskawa is rich in history and innovation, celebrating [its] 100-year anniversary in 2015. I look forward to helping write the next chapter for Yaskawa Motoman by providing strategic leadership for sales and marketing initiatives,” said Jenkins.


L to R: Scott Jenkins, Doug Burnside, Doug Schenher

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Meanwhile, Doug Burnside, previously senior director of customer care, has been promoted to vice-president of customer satisfaction for Yaskawa Motoman. In this role, Burnside will join the executive team and provide leadership and vision for customer service-related opportunities. Burnside has been with the company for 10 years, with contributions in customer care, aftermarket sales, and pre-owned certified robot programs.

Doug Schenher, previously vice-president of customer satisfaction, has assumed the role of corporate vice-president of Yaskawa America. In this new position, Schenher will provide leadership and guidance on organizational development and planning for both the Motoman Robotics Division and the Drives & Motion Division. Schenher has been with the organization for 11 years, “contributing significantly to the development of customer satisfaction programs, including service and support, technical training and aftermarket sales,” it says.

“The addition of Scott Jenkins, the promotion of Doug Burnside and the enhanced corporate role for Doug Schenher will help to position our organization for future growth. Yaskawa is a global leader in technology and automation products, and the expertise provided by these individuals will help continue to drive our success in the market,” Barhorst added.