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Heller Appoints US President

Manufacturing Group | December 19, 2013

Current vice president, Keith Vandenkieboom, will take over CEO duties Jan. 1.

HELLER Group has appointed Keith Vandenkieboom HELLER U.S. president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2014, upon the retirement of Robert Pelachyk. Vandenkieboom was formerly vice president of operations and will retain those responsibilities.

In making the announcement, Manfred Maier, HELLER Group COO Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Nürtingen Germany, said the new appointment will assure a smooth transition and seamless continuation of HELLER policies and operations in the NAFTA market, Maier added.

Maier also thanked Pelachyk for his highly effective service to HELLER Group over the past seven years during which time the company’s U.S. operation booked its highest ever sales. HELLER in the U.S. is the largest supplier of manufacturing systems to the heavy-duty diesel engine industry and a major supplier to the U.S. automotive industry.

Vandenkieboom has been with HELLER US since 2006 and has been well known to its customers and suppliers first as vice president, Group Procurement, and most recently vice president of operations at HELLER US.

Source: HELLER Group

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