Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Lincoln Electric promotes Michael J. Whitehead to president and SVP of automation

December 17, 2018
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

December 17, 2018 – Lincoln Electric has promoted Michael J. Whitehead to oversee the segment’s automation and additive services businesses as senior vice-president and president, effective immediately.

Whitehead will report to George Blankenship, executive vice-president, president, Americas Welding.

“Mike is a well-respected leader and has a strong track record of developing new technologies and driving business growth at Lincoln Electric,” says Christopher L. Mapes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “His experience will help advance our industry-leading automation portfolio and accelerate growth in solutions and services to meet our customers’ needs in the additive manufacturing market.”

Whitehead joined Lincoln Electric in 2005 as chief counsel, intellectual property and held various positions of increased responsibility including director of new product development in research and development, and president, Lincoln Electric Canada. Most recently, he served as senior vice-president, strategy and business development, where he oversaw the transaction and integration of Air Liquide Welding, among other deals.


Whitehead holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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