Fike names new president
Brad Batz has been named president of Fike Corp. effective immediately.
Fike Corp. has named Brad Batz its president effective immediately.
In this role, Batz will lead all corporate functions, which include manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance, human resources, and information technology.
Prior to this position, Batz led Fike's oil and gas business unit where his responsibilities included new product development, sales, and customer service and support. He also previously led Fike's Corporate Operations where he was responsible for manufacturing, supply chain, quality, and continuous improvement activities around the world.
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