CLEVELAND, OH — Lincoln Electric has announced that it has promoted Steven Hedlund to Executive Vice President and President of the International Welding segment. In this role, Hedlund will lead the European (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) and Asia Pacific regions’ day-to-day operations and oversee the implementation of all strategic, operational and commercial initiatives. He will continue to serve as a member of the management committee. Hedlund succeeds Mathias Hallmann, who has decided to leave the Company to pursue other interests.
Hedlund most recently served as Senior Vice President and President of Global Automation. He joined the Company in 2008 as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development where he led strategic planning and acquisitions. Previously, he was with Fortune Brands, Inc. and at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Dartmouth College.
“I am pleased to announce Steve’s promotion to this role,” said Christopher L. Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Steve’s extensive experience, process-driven approach and achievements in advancing our automation strategy will help drive the International Welding segment’s next phase of growth and development with Air Liquide Welding.”