Kitagawa North-Tech Promotes Shawn Luschei to COO
Kitagawa North-Tech has promoted Shawn Luschei to COO of its North American operations. He was most recently the company’s VP of Sales and Marketing.
Kitagawa North-Tech Inc. has named Shawn Luschei chief operating officer (COO) for its North American headquarters and operations, effective Jan. 4, 2021. Luschei’s most recent role was as the company’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.
In his new leadership role, Mr. Luschei will oversee and manage all daily operations, departments and management teams for the North American Workholding and Tooling Company, including engineering, manufacturing, production, sales, marketing, distribution, repair/rebuild services and human resources. In addition, Luschei will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, procedures and business plans to guide the company to continued growth and success in the future.
Luschei began his career at Kitagawa NorthTech in 1994 as a sales engineer and was promoted to various sales management positions throughout his tenure. In 2011, Luschei left Kitagawa NorthTech to join Toolmex Industrial Solutions to help launch its Workholding and Power Chucks division, spending five years in sales leadership at the company.
Luschei rejoined Kitagawa NorthTech in 2017 in a senior sales management role, and was later promoted to VP of Sales and Marketing.
“I am honored and excited to be in this critical leadership position for the company,” Luschei says. “The Kitagawa brand has been synonymous with the world’s leading machine tool builders for more than 50 years. We will continue to build on our tradition for offering industry-leading workholding and tooling products, while continuing to innovate and deliver new technologies to our valued customers.”
Mr. Luschei resides in Illinois and will report out of Kitagawa NorthTech’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.
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