Posted March 28, 2023

Applied Industrial Technologies names new general counsel, secretary

Applied Industrial Technologies has appointed Jon S. Ploetz has as vice president – general counsel & secretary. In this role, Ploetz will lead the company’s global legal affairs, governance and compliance activities, ESG efforts, and corporate secretary duties.

Ploetz succeeds Fred D. Bauer who elected to retire effective January 31, 2023, after 30 years of service to the company. Bauer remained secretary throughout the replacement search; his official departure is March 31, 2023.

“Jon brings more than 20 years of skilled legal expertise in a diverse range of matters, including corporate governance, securities, M&A, and more. We look forward to the contributions he will make as we continue to execute our company-specific growth opportunities and long-range strategic plan,” said Neil A. Schrimsher, president and chief executive officer. “We thank Fred for his leadership, commitment and valued role as a trusted advisor over the years,” added Schrimsher.

Ploetz joins Applied from Harsco Corporation, a  global provider of environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, where he served as vice president, assistant general counsel & assistant corporate secretary since 2018, and assistant general counsel, corporate & securities prior to that. His professional career also includes five years as assistant general counsel & assistant secretary at Arch Coal, Inc., and nearly 10 years of law firm experience.