Lincoln Electric’s Executive Vice-President and President of Americas welding segment George D. Blankenship, has retired effective May 31, 2020.
Christopher L. Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will oversee the Americas Welding organization until an internal successor to Blankenship is named.
Blankenship joined Lincoln Electric in 1985 as an engineering trainee and held various engineering and product development management positions until 2009, when he was promoted to Senior Vice President and President North America. In 2016, he was named Executive Vice President and President of Americas Welding. During his thirty-five year tenure, his technical, strategic and operational contributions have advanced Lincoln’s competitive position.
“We thank George for his tremendous leadership and contributions, which position Lincoln Electric for future success,” said Mapes. “We congratulate him on an exceptional career that oversaw the development of over 60 patents, the digitization and automation of our solutions, the advent of IoT, additive manufacturing, enhanced commercial and operational excellence, and the development of a strong segment leadership team,” Mapes continued. “We wish him our best in retirement.”