Lincoln Electric announces three promotions

The Lincoln Electric Company, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., announced Tuesday the promotion of Douglas S. Lance to president, Cleveland Operations, Edward M. Crouse to vice president, Cleveland Operations, and Dalithia C. Smith to vice president, Human Resources. All positions are effective immediately.

“We value the extensive experience Doug, Ed and Dalithia bring to the organization,” says George D. Blankenship, executive vice president and president, Americas Welding. “Each is a strong asset and a well-respected leader with a track record of solid results and innovation in their respective areas. I am looking forward to working with them in their new roles to achieve our ‘2020 Vision and Strategy.’”

As senior vice president and president, Cleveland Operations, Lance will be responsible for Lincoln Electric’s Cleveland, Ohio and Torreon, Mexico operations, product development and management, and supply chain activities. He will report to Blankenship. Lance joined Lincoln Electric in 1990 as an engineering trainee and has served in a number of engineering and management roles with increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, North American Operations.

Crouse will assume the role of vice president of Cleveland Operations and will oversee manufacturing and operational support activities across the Company’s northeast Ohio facilities. Crouse joined Lincoln Electric in 1986 as an engineering trainee and has held numerous positions in R&D, manufacturing and production planning over his thirty years with the Company. 

As vice president of Human Resources, Smith will be responsible for overseeing human resource functions across the Americas Welding segment. Smith joined Lincoln Electric in 2007 as director, Recruiting and Talent and most recently served as director, North America Human Resources. 

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