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Biography PhotoGeoffrey P. Allman
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Mr. Allman began his career at Lincoln Electric in 1997 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in areas including Internal Audit and Accounting, as Director of Finance, Lincoln Electric Canada, and as Director of Finance, North America. He is responsible for global finance functions, external financial reporting and internal control infrastructure. Mr. Allman earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and is a certified public accountant.
Biography PhotoJennifer I. Ansberry
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Ms. Ansberry joined Lincoln in 2004 and was elected Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2017. She previously served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel where she oversaw the Company’s legal function in global mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and corporate governance and led the Company’s environmental, health and safety organization. Prior to joining Lincoln Electric, Ms. Ansberry served as an associate at Thompson Hine LLP and Keating, Muething & Klekamp LLP. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati - College of Law and received a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Cincinnati.
Biography PhotoAnthony Battle
Senior Vice President, Internal Audit and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Battle joined Lincoln as an Audit Manager in 2003. He was appointed Director, Internal Audit in 2004, elected Vice President, Internal Audit in 2009, Senior Vice President in 2014, and named Chief Compliance Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Lincoln, Mr. Battle held a number of management-level positions in finance and audit with the former TRW, Inc. and also served as Audit Manager with Owens Corning. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Carroll University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a graduate of Lincoln's International Business Development Program in conjunction with the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Battle is a CPA and a member of The Ohio Society of CPAs.
Biography PhotoGeorge D. Blankenship
Executive Vice President and President of Americas Welding

Mr. Blankenship joined Lincoln in 1985 as an engineering trainee and has held engineering and product development management positions of increasing responsibility. In 2005, he was named Vice President, Global Engineering and Cleveland Operations and in 2009, was elected Senior Vice President and President, Lincoln Electric North America. In his role as President of Americas Welding, he has oversight of the company’s North and South American operations and implementation of the Company’s growth strategy in those geographies. He also serves as a member of the global executive team. Mr. Blankenship earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and holds numerous patents in the field of welding.
Biography PhotoGabriel Bruno
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Bruno joined Lincoln Electric in 1995 as Financial Reporting Manager and was named North American Controller in 1997. He was later appointed Director, Finance and Information Technology in 2003 and became Corporate Controller and Director of Information Technology in 2004. He was elected a corporate officer in 2005 and joined the company’s Management Committee in September 2011. He was appointed as the Chief Information Officer in May 2012 and was named to his current position in February 2016. Before joining Lincoln, Mr. Bruno was a manager in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his accounting degree from John Carroll University.
Biography PhotoThomas A. Flohn
Senior Vice President, President of Asia Pacific Region – International Welding

Mr. Flohn joined Lincoln in 1983 as a Sales Trainee and has held numerous executive management roles throughout the organization during his tenure. He now serves as the Regional President of Lincoln Electric Asia Pacific Region, where he oversees certain Asia Pacific operations and implements the Company's growth strategies in the region. He also serves as a member of the global executive team. Prior to this position, Mr. Flohn was the President of Lincoln, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Flohn earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University and was a charter participant in Lincoln's unique International Business Development program, offered in conjunction with the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Biography PhotoSteven B. Hedlund
Executive Vice President, President, International Welding

Mr. Hedlund joined Lincoln Electric in 2008 and was appointed as Executive Vice President, President of International Welding in 2017. He previously served as President of Global Automation and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to Lincoln Electric, Mr. Hedlund was with Fortune Brands, Inc., where he was Vice President of Growth and Innovation for the Company’s Master Lock subsidiary and Vice President, Strategic Planning and New Business Development for Fortune’s Home and Hardware Group. Previously, he was a principal with the management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton in Cleveland. Mr. Hedlund earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Dartmouth College.
Biography PhotoMichele R. Kuhrt
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Ms. Kuhrt joined Lincoln in 1997 as Director of Taxes and in 2006 was elected as a corporate officer and Senior Vice President, Tax. She was appointed as Chief Information Officer in June 2016. Prior to joining Lincoln, she was Group Director of Tax for Elsag Bailey Process Automation (a unit of ABB) and was an international tax manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in accountancy from Case Western Reserve University.
Biography PhotoDoug S. Lance
Senior Vice President, President of Cleveland Operations – Americas Welding

Mr. Lance joined Lincoln Electric as an Engineering Trainee in April 1990. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility with Lincoln's Consumable and Machine divisions and is currently responsible for the Company’s Cleveland, Ohio and Torreon, Mexico operations, product development and management, and supply chain activities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management program, as well as Lincoln's International Business Development program at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Biography PhotoChristopher L. Mapes
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mapes is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s executive management team. He was appointed Chairman in December 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 and served as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He is also on the Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Board, having been elected a Director in 2010 while he was Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President of its Electrical Products unit. Prior to his career at A.O. Smith, Mr. Mapes was President, Motor Sales and Marketing of Regal Beloit Corporation and also served as President of the Global OEM Business Group of Superior Essex, Inc. Mr. Mapes is a graduate of Ball State University (BS 1985), University of Toledo (JD 1988) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (MBA 1998).
Biography PhotoThomas Matthews
Senior Vice President, Technology and Research and Development

Mr. Matthews joined Lincoln Electric as an Engineering Trainee in 1988 and held several product development leadership positions prior to being appointed Senior Vice President of R&D. In this role, he is responsible for global product development and coordination of Lincoln's design efforts around the world. Mr. Matthews holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Southern Oregon State College, earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and completed Lincoln's International Business Development program at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Biography PhotoMichael S. Mintun
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America

Mr. Mintun joined Lincoln in 1984 as a Sales Trainee. He was later assigned as a Technical Sales Representative in the Company's New York and Pittsburgh district offices and advanced through a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including District Manager, Southwest Ontario District in Canada; National Accounts Manager for the U.S.; Vice President of Sales, Lincoln Electric Canada; National Sales Manager for the U.S. In 2006, he was named Sales Manager for North America and elected Vice President, Sales, North America in 2008. Mr. Mintun earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy and material engineering from Lehigh University and completed Lincoln’s Global Business Development Leadership program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Marketing & Sales Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland (SME) organization.
Biography PhotoDavid J. Nangle
Senior Vice President, President of Harris Products Group

Mr. Nangle began his Lincoln career in 1979 working in the Company’s Cleveland manufacturing operations. He joined Lincoln’s Sales Training program in 1981 and moved through a number of sales management positions of increasing responsibility, including District Manager of the Denver office followed by the San Francisco office. In 1995, he was named Distributor Sales Manager and was appointed President of the Company's Harris Calorific subsidiary in 1999. In 2003, Mr. Nangle added responsibilities for the WCTA business unit, and in 2005, he was elected President of J.W. Harris Co., Inc. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Roanoke College and an MBA from California State University, Fresno.
Biography PhotoVincent K. Petrella
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Mr. Petrella joined Lincoln in 1995 as Manager of Internal Audit and was responsible for the development and organization of the Company's internal audit function. He was named Corporate Controller in 1997, elected an officer of the Company in 2001 and named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2004. In 2005, Mr. Petrella was elected Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Lincoln, he was with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for 13 years and held a number of management-level positions. Mr. Petrella earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and is a CPA.
Biography PhotoMichael J. Whitehead
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Mr. Whitehead joined Lincoln Electric in 2005 as Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and was promoted to lead product development in R&D and later served as President of Lincoln Electric Canada prior to being appointed as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development in 2016. He is responsible for global strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions for the Company. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.