HK Systems Appoints New President and COO

HK Systems, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wis.) is appointing Michael L. Gonzalez to the position of president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Gonzalez will report to John W. Splude, HK Systems’ chairman and CEO. Gonzalez will have operational responsibility for HK Systems’ material handling and logistics software business including sales and marketing, engineering, project management and manufacturing facilities.

John W. Splude said, “HK Systems recently launched a new third-party logistics and vendor managed inventory business, HK Production Logistics, and we also acquired AGV Products, a leading supplier of automated guided vehicles in Charlotte, N.C. The need to expand the HK senior management team is critical to the company’s continued growth. The addition of a pesident and chief operating officer allows me to focus on new strategic alternatives for the company including new markets and potential acquisitions.”

Bringing more than 30 years of related business experience to the HK Systems’ organization, Gonzalez has a background in sales, marketing, engineering, and customer services. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Interlake Material Handling, Inc., a provider of steel storage racks for warehousing, distribution and manufacturing environments in North America. During his tenure with Interlake, Gonzalez set company records for revenue, profits and cash flow, introduced revolutionary new products, geometrically grew company sales and improved operational processes.

Previously, Gonzalez served as Senior Vice President, Strategy Services for StorageTek-DSD, responsible for sales and marketing, corporate strategic development, quality management and company profitability. He began his career at International Business Machines Corporation in sales and marketing management.

Gonzalez obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from University of Illinois-Champaign and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago. He has also been a member of the Material Handling Industry of America Board of Governors for the last two years.

Source: HK Systems, Inc.

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