Esko has named Udo Panenka, its current senior vice-president for global sales and marketing, as the company’s new president, and who is to succeed Carsten Knudsen in January 2015.
Udo Panenka joined Esko from Kollmorgen, another Danaher business, earlier this year, where he was vice-president and general manager for industrial automation in Europe and India. He joined Kollmorgen in 2008 and served in several key leadership roles with increasing responsibility.
Over the near term, Carsten Knudsen will continue to support Esko and its parent company Danaher Corporation in an advisory role.
Joakim Weidemanis, vice-president and group executive for the product identification platform at Danaher Corporation, said: ‘Under Carsten’s leadership, Esko has built a loyal and growing customer group, created world class technology, and with a strong team, driven excellent growth and established itself as a leader in its served markets.
‘We want to thank Carsten for his leadership and tremendous impact on the success of Esko.’