Handover at the helm of Piovan North America

John G. Erkert.
(Foto Linkedin Erkert)

Piovan Group, world leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems for resin and food applications, announced a significant transition in its leadership as a long-term employee step 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, Piovan Group 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. 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.

John G. Erkert commented on his appointment, saying, "It is an honour and privilege to be trusted with the role of Regional CEO, Piovan Group - 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”.

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

In his words, Kirk Winstead 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 Piovan Group. As I step into retirement, I am confident that John is the right leader to steer the company and organization to even greater heights”.