Mark Andy has named Kevin Wilken as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Wilken joined Mark Andy in 2008 and had various roles in Engineering and Operations. For the last two years he was Chief Operating Officer. During this period, he was responsible for launching market-leading products, evolving the company through continuous improvement, and leading Mark Andy’s digital initiative. Prior to Mark Andy, he worked for Brady Corporation in Engineering, Program Management, and other leadership roles. He replaces outgoing CEO PJ Desai, who will take an active new role as executive chairman of the board at Mark Andy. The leadership change follows an established succession plan to achieve sustainable, long-term growth and enhance shareholder value and strengthen stakeholder relationships.

Wilken said: ‘I am excited about the opportunity to take over the leadership role of Mark Andy. The company has exceptional employees around the globe and a solid growth strategy. ‘We have worked diligently to develop market-leading products and services with five technical innovation awards in the last four years, build an unmatched service infrastructure and offering, a new consumables and supplies business, and a great pipeline of new products such as the Versa Max, ProLED, and Mark Andy Digital Series. ‘The company is well-positioned to continue its growth trajectory into the future.’ Desai said: ‘It is time to position the company for long term, steady and sustainable growth. Kevin’s demonstrated success with technical development and innovation, along with his operational expertise, provides Mark Andy with a solid foundation now and well into the future. ‘His dedication to high quality, market-leading products has and will guide the company to a heightened position in the industry.’ –

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