Harald Suchanka, CEO of Handtmann Filling & Portioning Systems has announced the retirement of Tom Kittle effective 31 March 2023, and the appointment of Patrick McGady as President of Handtmann as of 1 April.
“Under the leadership of Tom Kittle, Handtmann Inc has grown to become an integral part of our global success over the past 14.5 years, while its role as a key player in the food processing industry of North America was further strengthened. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Tom for his outstanding achievements and best wishes for a well-deserved retirement,” said Harald Suchanka. “Patrick has been working closely with Tom to build on our Handtmann performance culture that is so important to the success of our customers. He possesses deep market knowledge, respected senior management skills, and a clear strategic vision for the continued growth and success.”
McGady is a senior sales and marketing professional with extensive experience in inside and field sales, sales management, corporate management and international marketing all gained during his 18 years with the company. In his previous role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he saw the expansion of the company from meat specialist to a diverse range of sectors including bakery, pet food, alternative proteins and dairy.
“Patrick’s appointment concludes an extensive selection process. He understands our corporate values, has driven our vision, and brings bold leadership skills that make him the perfect senior executive to succeed Tom and grow our global Handtmann business in the U.S.,” added Harald.
The company has said that its foundations as a family business – in which the 5th generation of the Handtmann family has taken over company management – has meant it is important to offer opportunities for developments for top performers. The appointment of Patrick also ensures continuity in its business development.
“I am honored to now lead this company,” said Patrick McGady. “We are a group of innovative professionals with industry leading technologies and a powerful commitment to growth and the success of our customers. I will work together with our Handtmann team, our partners, and our customers to achieve even greater successes.”
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