Gardner Denver, Inc. has announced the appointment of Barry L. Pennypacker as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Pennypacker succeeds Ross J. Centanni, who has served in these capacities since 1994 when Gardner Denver became an independent, publicly traded company. Mr. Pennypacker will report to Mr. Centanni, who will remain the Company's executive Chairman of the Board. It is anticipated that Mr. Pennypacker will join the Company in his new role on January 21, 2008. In addition, he will be appointed as a member of the Gardner Denver, Inc. Board of Directors in February 2008.
Mr. Pennypacker joins Gardner Denver from Wabtec Corporation, a provider of technology-based equipment and services for the rail industry worldwide, where he served as Vice President, Group Executive since 2002 and Vice President, Performance First from 1999 to 2002. Prior to that, he was Director, Worldwide Operations for the Stanley Fastening Systems operating unit of Stanley Works from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Pennypacker also served in a number of senior management positions of increasing responsibility with Danaher Corporation from 1992 to 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Management from Penn State University and a MBA in Operations Research from St. Joseph's University.
Regarding Mr. Pennypacker's appointment, Mr. Centanni stated: "I am very pleased that Barry has decided to join Gardner Denver. He is an outstanding leader who has the qualities and skills required to ensure the Company's continued profitable growth. I am confident that Barry is the right person to help Gardner Denver pursue and achieve its strategic objectives in the future."
Mr. Pennypacker also offered: "I look forward to new challenges with Gardner Denver, an organization with a rich heritage and tradition, and an equally bright future. There is a great foundation from which we can build as the Company strives to become an even larger and more profitable organization. I feel fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Gardner Denver's future success."
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