Lincoln Electric names new CIO
The Lincoln Electric Company announced the promotion of Michele R. Kuhrt to executive vice president and chief information officer, effective July 1, 2016.
As CIO, Kuhrt will have oversight of the company’s enterprise information technology (IT) systems and will be responsible for managing a global team and a broad range of global IT initiatives focused on supporting the company’s growth strategy, operations and IT infrastructure.
“Michele has demonstrated strong leadership within our organization and has been invaluable in the execution of our 2020 strategic initiatives,” said Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that Michele’s deep experience at Lincoln Electric leading key finance initiatives and growing shared service functions will help guide the implementation of our enterprise IT systems and support the growth of global operations while achieving efficiencies and improved service quality.”
Kuhrt joined Lincoln Electric in 1997 as director of taxes and in 2006 was elected as a company officer and senior vice president, tax with responsibility for Lincoln Electric’s global tax matters and the U.S. payroll shared services center. Prior to joining Lincoln Electric, she was with Elsag Bailey Process Automation (a unit of ABB) and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Kuhrt holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accountancy from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is a CPA.