Plymouth, MN — Bühler Inc. has appointed Andy Sharpe North American president and CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Sharpe succeeds René Steiner, who is retiring after 50 years with the company. Steiner will remain with Bühler throughout the transition, the company adds.
Buhler, a global food process engineering and technology company, notes Sharpe has more than 20 years experience with the company, working across all functions of the organization, including sales, marketing, research and development, engineering, manufacturing and executive leadership. Sharpe started with Bühler in 1996, when he was hired as Market Manager to establish the company’s European office in Stamford, UK. Later, he was appointed regional director to serve market needs for the company’s European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Most recently, Sharpe served as president and CEO of Bühler Aeroglide in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining Bühler, Sharpe served as business manager for the snack and cereal division of APV Baker in Peterborough, UK.
“We are happy that, with Andy Sharpe, we were able to find a seasoned and successful business leader as successor for René,” says Bühler Group Global Head of Sales and Service Dieter Voegtli. “Andy’s appointment will allow us to further develop relationships with our customers, based on the foundation laid by René and to provide continuity to our teams in North America.”
As head of the Aeroglide business unit, Sharpe built a culture of trust, respect, and open communication, transforming that organization into one where entrepreneurship, accountability, and innovation flourishes, according to the company, adding that he will apply that same leadership to the North American sales and service organization. His goals are to improve quality, project execution, and ultimately bring Bühler closer to its customers; helping them reach their goals of sustainability, productivity, and profitability, the company states.
“It’s an exciting time to take over the helm of Bühler North America as we advance a phase of equipment solutions and digital innovations that allow our customers to satisfy the basic food, mobility, and communications needs for billions of people, every day,” says Sharpe. “As president and CEO, my goal is to perpetuate Bühler’s world class expertise, to help our customers grow their businesses across all industries, as well as create a workplace where our employees can thrive and do their very best.” C&ST