Gunkel to lead EPlan North American operations
EPLAN Software & Services announced that Jan Dominik Gunkel has accepted the position of president of the company's North American operations.
The company said Gunkel's appointment is part of a strategic plan to continue to aggressively grow the company in terms of both market share and physical expansion.
"As a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to the North American market, we have selected one of the most qualified managers in our company's ranks to lead the North American operations to the next phase of rapid growth and sustained customer satisfaction," said Norbert Müller, president of EPLAN International.
Gunkel is a 29-year old native of Germany, holds a Masters of Economics and Business Administration degree and brings with him diversified experience in sales, organizational and financial management, and leadership from his three-year tenure at Rittal International, EPLAN's parent company. Prior to that, Gunkel ran his own business developing and selling web content management systems to small and medium enterprises.
"As a former business owner I know very well the challenges decision makers in today's economy are facing. Being competitive in North America is now more difficult than ever and EPLAN offers great opportunities to make our customers' engineering more efficient. It is a perfect fit and I am excited to grow and develop EPLAN together with our customers and partners," said Gunkel.
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