Mark Andy, the label press manufacturer based in St. Louis, MO, USA, has announced that Kevin Wilken has been appointed its new president and chief executive officer. The leadership change follows an established succession plan designed to achieve sustainable, long-term growth and enhance shareholder value while strengthening stakeholder relationships.
Wilken has been with Mark Andy since 2008 and has had various roles in both engineering and operations. For the last two years he was chief operating officer, responsible for launching new products, evolving the company through continuous improvement, and leading Mark Andy’s digital initiative. Prior to Mark Andy, Wilken worked for Brady Corporation in engineering, program management, and other leadership roles.
“I am excited about the opportunity to take over the leadership role of Mark Andy," Wilken says. "The company has exceptional employees around the globe and a solid growth strategy. We have worked diligently to develop market-leading products and services with five technical innovation awards in the last 4 years, build an unmatched service infrastructure and offering, a new consumables and supplies business, and a great pipeline of new products such as the Versa Max, ProLED, and Mark Andy Digital Series. The company is well-positioned to continue its growth trajectory into the future."
Outgoing CEO PJ Desai, who will take on a new new role as executive chairman of the board, comments, “It is time to position the company for long term, steady and sustainable growth. Kevin’s demonstrated success with technical development and innovation, along with his operational expertise, provides Mark Andy with a solid foundation now and well into the future. His dedication to high quality, market-leading products has and will guide the company to a heightened position in the industry."