Lincoln Electric Promotes Two Executives in Its North American Sales and Marketing Organi...

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13 May 2013

Lincoln Electric Promotes Two Executives in Its North American Sales and Marketing Organization

Michael S. Mintun

Phil Bouchard

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CLEVELAND, Ohio, U.S.A. -- Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) announced that Michael S. Mintun has been named Vice President, Sales and Marketing – North America. In his new role, Mr. Mintun will focus on the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing initiatives for the Company’s North American business. In addition, Phil Bouchard has been named to the position of U.S. Sales Manager. Mr. Bouchard will be responsible for driving the strategy and daily activities of the Company’s U.S. sales organization.

“In his previous position as Vice President of Sales – North America, Mike was directly responsible for leading our U.S. and Canadian businesses to record sales levels,” said George Blankenship, Senior Vice President and President, Lincoln Electric North America. “To allow Mike to focus more exclusively on strategic sales and marketing initiatives, we have named Phil Bouchard to take the position of US Sales Manager. Phil brings strong organizational and analytical skills, a balanced sales approach and a proven track record in using our entire product portfolio to sell Lincoln’s value proposition to our key end-user customers. Both Mike and Phil are highly qualified to lead our outstanding U.S. sales and marketing team to even greater levels of achievement.”
After he joined Lincoln Electric as a sales trainee in 1984, Mr. Mintun worked as a Technical Sales Representative in the Company’s New York City and Pittsburgh district offices, District Manager of the Southwest Ontario District in Canada, and U.S. National Accounts Manager. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales, Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, and was named U.S. National Sales Manager in 2002. He was promoted to Sales Manager – North America in 2006 and became Vice President, Sales – North America in 2008. Mr. Mintun earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy and materials engineering at Lehigh University.
Mr. Mintun is a member of the American Welding Society and the Gases and Welding Distributors’ Association. He currently serves on the Sponsor Board of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland. 
Mr. Bouchard joined Lincoln Electric in 1990 as a Sales Trainee and worked as a Technical Sales Representative in the Atlanta and Fort Wayne offices and District Manager in the Baton Rouge and Chicago offices. In 2006, he was promoted to his most recent position as North Central Regional Manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 45 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors.
For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company's website at

Amanda Butler – or 216.383.2534
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