GF Machining Solutions, formerly GF AgieCharmilles, recently named two new heads of sales to enhance the sales, service and support for the company’s milling, EDM and laser texturing solutions in regions of the United States that are experiencing continued manufacturing growth. Roy Cripps and Jon Walker fill these critical roles for the West Coast and Midwest, respectively.
Based in Yorba Linda, Calif., Cripps is in charge of the overall sales and service for the company’s machine tool selection, including advanced 5-axis technology, consumable offerings and automation solutions in his territory. He is also responsible for ensuring that his customers receive top-notch technical training, applications engineering support as well as turnkey solutions.
Having held senior sales management roles with capital equipment and machine tool companies, Cripps brings extensive and extremely beneficial experience to his new role at GF Machining Solutions. Furthermore, he has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and business from Sheffield Hallam University in England.
“GF Machining Solutions has long been a global innovator in the manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to high-speed, high-precision 5-axis technology,” said Cripps. “I look forward to contributing to the future growth of the company as well as using its advanced solutions, extensive resources and global expertise to help my customers achieve more productivity and profitability.”
Walker joins the company’s Lincolnshire, Ill. headquarters with more than eight years of sales, management and new business development experience in the machine tool industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in business, management and marketing from Elmira College in New York where he graduated Cum Laude.
In his new role, Walker is responsible for managing and enhancing the company’s sales in the Midwest. This includes reinforcing a strong direct relationship with end users, educating the marketplace on the company’s diverse product portfolio for a wide range of industry segments, including aerospace, automotive, electronics and medical.
“It’s exciting to work for a company that continues to raise the bar not only in terms of technology, but also customer service and support initiatives,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure that manufacturers throughout the Midwest know that GF Machining Solutions has everything they need to optimize their part production for almost any application.”
According to Gisbert Ledvon, director of business development for GF Machining Solutions, Cripps and Walker join the company at a time where it is strengthening its presence and capacity in areas of the United States where demand for advanced, highly efficient machining technology is rapidly growing.
“We’re excited to have these sales professionals on our team. With their complete understanding of the machine tool industry and highly successful track records, I’m confident they will be a valuable asset to us as well as our customers,” said Ledvon.