ST. LOUIS – Jan. 7, 2015 – Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce the promotion of William Kuhn to Vice President of Finance. Kuhn, a CPA, brings more than 14 years of experience at Barry-Wehmiller to this role, most recently as Director of Financial Reporting.
As VP of Finance, Kuhn will oversee the company’s Finance organization and be part of the Barry-Wehmiller Executive Team, reporting to Chapman. He will have responsibility for the financial management, planning and operations for the global company’s almost $2 billion enterprise.
“Bill brings ten-plus years of audit experience and three years in a key role within our Financial team to his new position,” Chapman said. “He’s demonstrated in both those roles his competence and commitment to helping build a strong and vibrant global organization that creates value for all stakeholders.”
“I look forward to driving our business forward and supporting our ‘customers’ within and beyond the organization through this incremental responsibility,” Kuhn said. “I am proud to be associated with a firm that embraces truly human values and am energized by the trust the Leadership team has placed in me. My goal is to build upon the solid foundation that has been established to date, finding ways to help the business’ teams operate more effectively and efficiently.”
Kuhn joined Barry-Wehmiller in March 2012. Prior to that, he spent 11 years working with the company as an auditor with Ernst & Young, Barry-Wehmiller’s independent audit partner. Kuhn graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with degrees in management and accounting.
Kuhn takes the helm from the retiring Jim Lawson, who served as Vice President and CFO since 1997. “Jim has been a trusted partner and confidant for the last 18 years and has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of our Company as we know it today,” said Chapman. “During his tenure, Barry-Wehmiller acquired more than 60 companies and experienced year after year of significant revenue growth. Jim and his team were a major factor in these successes and we thank him.”
About Barry Wehmiller
Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries. Our balanced approach to the market is made possible through ten interactive divisions: Accraply, Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI), BW Container Systems, BW Papersystems, Design Group, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), PneumaticScaleAngelus, Synerlink and Thiele Technologies.
By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2 billion organization with 8,000-plus team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. To see how, go to barry-wehmiller.com.