Coperion GmbH, Stuttgart/Germany, a subsidiary of US-based Hillenbrand Inc., has announced that Thomas Kehl will take over as president and chairman of the executive board effective immediately.
Kehl will lead the company as it continues to expand its presence in single-source compounding plants and materials handling systems on a global scale. He has been a member of Coperion’s executive board since 2008, and succeeds Günter Bachmann, who chose to leave Coperion after nine years as chairman of the executive board. In his new capacity, Kehl will report directly to Joe Raver, president of Hillenbrand’s Process Equipment Group.
“Since joining Coperion, Kehl has been a key leader in the successful growth of the company,” said Raver. “He is an experienced and recognized manager and is ready to lead Coperion through its integration with the Process Equipment Group of Hillenbrand.”
In Kehl’s last position, he was responsible for Coperion’s Compounding Machines and Service business. Prior to joining Coperion in 2008, Thomas Kehl was managing director of Rieter Automatik, senior vice president of Rieter AG in Switzerland, and chief executive officer of Freudenberg Nonwovens.
Coperion is an international market and technology leader in compounding systems, bulk materials handling systems and services. Coperion designs, develops, manufactures, and maintains systems, machines, and components for the plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical, food, and minerals industries. Within its three fields of activity – compounding machines, materials handling & extrusion systems and service – Coperion has 1900 employees and nearly 30 sales and service companies worldwide.
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