Lincoln Electric Canada Announces Leadership Change

TORONTO, Canada, December 22, 2014 – Lincoln Electric Canada, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., announced today that Mr. Joseph G. Doria will retire as President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Canada effective December 31, 2014. Mr. Mike Whitehead will assume the role of President of Lincoln Electric Canada effective January 1, 2015. 
Mr. Doria has served as a Corporate Vice President and Officer of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., and has held the position of President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Canada and Indalco since 2002. He joined Lincoln Electric 42 years ago as a technical sales representative and held various positions throughout his tenure in North America and Europe, including Assistant to the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Company, and President of Lincoln Electric Europe, before being promoted to President of Lincoln Electric Canada in 1991.
Mr. Doria has served on the Canadian Welding Bureau Group Board since June 2003 and as Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2013. He continues to participate as Past Chairman and Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees. Additionally, he has held the position of President and Director of WPMAC, the President and Director of the European Welding Association, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
“Joe has made a tremendous impact throughout his career at Lincoln Electric,” stated George D. Blankenship, Executive Vice President and President Lincoln Electric North America. “He has demonstrated strong leadership, has been instrumental in shaping Lincoln’s strategy and success in key regions, and has had relentless energy and dedication in promoting Lincoln Electric’s culture and values across our industry. We thank him for his extensive service.”
Mike Whitehead joined Lincoln Electric in 2005 as Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and has served as Director, New Product Development in Consumables R&D since 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor degree from New Hampshire University School of Law. Mike also completed the Advanced Executive Program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
George D. Blankenship stated, “Mike joins Lincoln Electric Canada as a well-respected leader within the organization. His decisive leadership style, his consistent focus on innovation, and broad experience across our organization will be invaluable as he builds upon the strong foundation that Joe has built.”
About Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company's website at