Global suppliers name new regional leaders.
EHC Global Makes North, Latin American Appointments
EHC Global has made two appointments. Uwe Fritz has been named managing director (MD) of Latin America and the Caribbean Territories. He will also manage the company’s Mexico City facilities. Reporting to President and CEO Jeno Eppel, Fritz will continue to be based at the territorial head office in Londrina, Brazil. Prior to this appointment, Fritz served as MD, Brazil. He joined EHC in 2011 and has nearly 25 years’ experience in international sales, manufacturing, product management and engineering in the escalator industry. Before joining EHC, he held several management positions at Otis in the Czech Republic and Austria.
EHC Global also appointed Bill King
Customer Service & Inside Sales manager for North America, reporting to EHC Vice President of Sales Patrick Bothwell and based in Oshawa, Canada. King will be responsible for supporting customers and managing inside sales and field service teams throughout the U.S. and Canada. With nearly 25 years’ industry experience, King joined EHC in 1994 as a production technician, transitioning to Western Region Sales and Service in 2000. In 2008, King was appointed service supervisor for the Western Region, providing technical and field service support to customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Blain Hydraulics Names Wilson North American Sales Manager
Blain Hydraulics GmbH has named Mark Wilson North American Sales manager, a newly created position that will see Wilson working with business partners in the U.S. and Canada. He will serve as the company’s main contact for manufacturers, contractors and consultants, driving Blain’s sales efforts through educational workshops, onsite training programs and the delivery of educational resources. Prior to joining Blain, Wilson worked as Midwest Regional manager for GAL Manufacturing Corp., served six years as Modernization/Business Development manager for Magnetek, Inc., and worked for Otis in a variety of capacities. A resident of the Indianapolis area, Wilson earned a degree in Business from Indiana University Bloomington.
Coupal Named thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada CEO
Blaine Coupal has been named CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada. Coupal most recently served as regional vice president of the Prairie Region in Canada. He started his thyssenkrupp career 15 years ago as a district manager and has held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure. He replaced Ryan Wilson, who served as thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada CEO from 2015 until November 2018.
thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas CEO Rich Hussey commented:
“Coupal brings a familiarity with our business and customers, and a strategic vision for our future that makes him a perfect fit for the continued success and growth in Canada. We are very grateful to Wilson for his significant contributions that included streamlining our operations and growing our business to an all-time high. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Among his contributions, Wilson was instrumental in creating the high-tech Engineering Centre at 270 Finchdene Square in Scarborough, Ontario. The company calls the CAD3-million (US$2.27-million) facility the only one of its kind in Canada. It features new installation and modernization engineering, Canadian board repair, elevator simulators, a customer showroom and a warehouse with CAD6 million (US$4.53 million) in parts. Hundreds of service technicians and sales personnel were trained at the center in the first year, which ended in November 2018. That number is expected to grow.