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S. Maria di Sala, Venice
Press release

John Erkert ascends to Regional CEO Position for North America as industry veteran, Kirk Winstead retires.

PiovanGroup, world leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems for resin and food applications, proudly announces a significant transition in its leadership as a long-term employee steps into the role of CEO, while a seasoned executive retires after thirty-six years of dedicated service.

After careful consideration, John G. Erkert has been appointed as new Regional Chief Executive Officer - North America, effective May 1, 2024, reporting to Filippo Zuppichin, PiovanGroup CEO. John brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the company's values, culture, and strategic direction, having served most recently as Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for over a decade prior to becoming COO. His proven track record of achievements and contributions over twenty-nine years with group companies demonstrates his unwavering commitment to the company's success.

Outgoing CEO, Kirk Winstead, will be retiring effective June 14th, after thirty-six years of service with companies in the group.

“Throughout his tenure, Kirk has proven to be a strong and charismatic leader playing a pivotal role in Conair, IPEG, Inc. and most recently PiovanGroup – North America. His leadership, dedication, and knowledge have been instrumental in delivering the company's growth and the successful integration with PiovanGroup”, says Filippo Zuppichin.

In his words, Kirk expressed confidence in the company's future under John Erkert's leadership, stating, "I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during my time at PiovanGroup. As I step into retirement, I am confident that John is the right leader to steer the company and organization to even greater heights”.

John commented on his appointment, saying, "It is an honor and privilege to be trusted with the role of Regional CEO, PiovanGroup - North America. I am deeply committed to building on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors and working with our talented team to drive innovation, growth, and value for our customers and employees - Piovan core values”.

As PiovanGroup, North America embarks on this new chapter, it remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering excellence, innovation, and value to its customers, employees, and shareholders.

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