Automation company selects new president
Kevin Barker has been appointed president of Beckhoff Automation LLC to manage Beckhoff business operations across the US. Barker takes over for Aurelio Banda, who ran the company for four years. As the new president, Barker will oversee all sales, engineering, marketing and administrative operations from the headquarters of Beckhoff Automation LLC in Savage, Minn. This location also houses the main technical support hub and warehouse for Beckhoff customers in the US.
Prior to joining Beckhoff, Barker worked at Yaskawa America, Inc. as the director of sales in the company’s motion division. During his tenure at Yaskawa, Barker led multi-national sales teams with the responsibility to develop complex industrial markets, large sales channels and advanced motion control offerings, including the company’s lineup of EtherCAT servo drives. Barker earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and also held director-level positions at Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Omron Electronics earlier in his career.
“I have dedicated my entire career to helping machine builders, manufacturers and other high-tech companies succeed on a global scale with leading-edge automation technologies. Beckhoff Automation is the logical progression of my journey and an exciting new chapter,” Barker said.
Barker succeeds Aurelio Banda, who has served as CEO and president of Beckhoff in North America for four years. Banda was a driving force behind the Beckhoff growth across the US, Canada, and Mexico. He looks forward to the next phase in his career.
Banda said, “I am excited now to pursue new endeavors, and envision Kevin Barker continuing to drive the momentum Beckhoff has built to date in numerous high-tech industries throughout the United States.”
– Edited from a Beckhoff Automation press release by CFE Media.