General Press Release

Lincoln Electric Names New Head of Its International Welding Segment

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. has announced that it Steven B. Hedlund will now head the company’s International Welding Segment.

A press release distributed by the company on May 25 announced the promotion of Hedlund, who will succeed Mathias Hallman. Hallman has decided to leave Lincoln Electric to pursue other interests.

In his new 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.

Steven B. Hedlund

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.”


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