Appointment announcements from ABB, KROHNE, and Viega

Oct. 6, 2020
Jesse Henson named president of ABB's US Motors and Generators division; KROHNE announces new VP of sales; Viega names new CEO.

Jesse Henson named president of ABB's US Motors and Generators division 

ABB's Motors and Generators division has named Jesse Henson as president of their U.S. business. Henson, who has been with the company for 23 years, leads the team responsible for marketing, designing and manufacturing ABB and Baldor-Reliance industrial electric motors in the U.S. Henson will also continue to be the global head of the NEMA motors product group. 

"I am honored to lead the U.S. industrial motor business," said Henson. "Taking care of customers is in our employees' DNA, and we work hard every day to earn our customers' business and their preference for our motors. I am committed to maintaining that focus and investing for the future."

Henson started his career with the company (Baldor Electric Company at that time) in 1997 as part of the drives and motion control team. His customer-first approach has been critical to his success in roles in product management, marketing and sales. His broad experience across both motors and drives provides a strong level of understanding of customer and application needs as well as buying preferences in the U.S. market.

KROHNE announces new VP of sales

KROHNE, a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation, announced Chris English as the company’s new vice president of sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. 

English brings extensive experience in the process control instrumentation market to his new role at KROHNE. He has worked for several of the top companies in the process control instrumentation market over his 27 years in the industry and has experience with process control and automation in nearly all sectors of the market: oil and gas, pulp and paper, metals and mining, water and wastewater, food and beverage, and more.

In his new role at KROHNE, he is responsible for both sales and marketing for the NAFTA region, including managing the company’s regional sales force. In a prior role as vice president of sales, English developed an online training platform for training remote employees and sales representatives and facilitated mergers and acquisitions of sales channels. A graduate of Clarkson University in New York, English studied interdisciplinary engineering and management to earn a degree in industrial distribution.

Viega names new CEO

Viega LLC named Markus Brettschneider as its new CEO and president. Brettschneider replaces Dave Garlow, who resigned effective September 1.

Garlow was with Viega for 20 years. Under his leadership, Viega grew the North American market by accelerating the adoption of pressing technology. Garlow will help ensure a smooth transition to Brettschneider’s leadership.

In his new position, Brettschneider is responsible for the overall operations of Viega. He most recently was with ABB, where he was group senior vice president and global head of marketing and sales for industrial automation and global head of group solutions and channels. He has an MBA from Edinburgh Management School and a degree in international marketing from Cooperate State University in Schwenningen, Germany. 

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