Index President/CEO Retires, Announces Replacement
Cris Taylor will take over as the president and CEO of Index Corporation after Tom Clark retires at the end of 2020.
Index Corporation has named Cris Taylor its new president and CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Taylor will be taking over for Tom Clark, who has announced he will retire at the end of 2020. He will be joining the company in October to ensure a seamless transition for the organization and its customers.
Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in the machine tool industry, both in Europe and the United States. Having grown up in the United Kingdom, he spent most of his working career in Germany. This includes 27 years at Chiron, where he established the Chiron UK’s sales and service and engineering operations, then built Chiron’s used machinery division in Germany. Taylor also spent five years with Chiron America in Charlotte, North Carolina, and most recently served for eight years as managing director of Stama, Chiron’s sister company.
“Cris brings to Index Corporation international sales and service experience combined with a long career working in Germany, which will greatly benefit our operations in North America.” Clark says. “When one leaves a leadership position, you always hope to transition to someone who can build on previous accomplishments and continue to grow the organization. Cris will be a great addition to the Index team.”
Clark’s mandate four years ago was to pursue aggressive growth within the North American market. Under his leadership, the company revitalized its distribution network, grew its service and applications capabilities, expanded the team in North America and achieved record sales in 2018 and 2019.
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