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Posted 27 July, 2023

LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS INC appointed Mr. Mapes as new CEO

Nasdaq:LECO appointed new Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mapes in a 8-K filed on 27 July, 2023.


  In connection with Mr. Mapes' notification of his retirement, the Board elected Steven B. Hedlund, age 56, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of January 1, 2024 (the "Transition Date").  

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Overview of LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS INC
Industrial Goods • Industrial Machinery
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. engages in the manufacture of arc welding equipment, consumable welding products, and other welding and cutting products. It operates through the following segments: Americas Welding, International Welding, and The Harris Products Group. The Americas Welding segment includes welding operations in North and South America. The International Welding segment primarily deals with welding operations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The Harris Products Group segment refers to the company's global cutting, soldering, and brazing businesses as well as the retail business in the United States. The company was founded by John C. Lincoln and James F. Lincoln on December 5, 1895 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.
Market Cap
$14.5B
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Relevant filing section
Item 5.02. 
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 


On July 21, 2023, Christopher L. Mapes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board"), notified the Company of his intention to retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer effective as of the close of business on December 31, 2023. After December 31, 2023, Mr. Mapes will be designated Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mapes' decision to retire is not related to the Company's financial or operating results or to any disagreements or concerns regarding the Company's financial or reporting practices. 

In connection with Mr. Mapes' notification of his retirement, the Board elected Steven B. Hedlund, age 56, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of January 1, 2024 (the "Transition Date"). Mr. Mapes will remain principal executive officer until the close of business on December 31, 2023, and Mr. Hedlund will succeed Mr. Mapes as principal executive officer as of the Transition Date. Mr. Hedlund joined the Company in 2008 and has been serving as Chief Operating Officer since May 9, 2022. Prior to that, Mr. Hedlund served as: Executive Vice President, President, Americas and International Welding from October 21, 2020 to May 9, 2022; Executive Vice President, President, International Welding from June 1, 2017 to October 21, 2020; Senior Vice President and President, Global Automation from January 22, 2015 to June 1, 2017; Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development from February 19, 2014 to January 22, 2015; and Vice President, Strategy & Business Development from September 15, 2008 to February 19, 2014. Mr. Hedlund is not a party to any transaction described in Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries. 

The Board also approved an increase in the size of the Board from eleven to twelve Directors to be effective as of the Transition Date and, in connection with the vacancy, approved the appointment of Mr. Hedlund as a member of the Board, effective as of the Transition Date. 

In connection with the anticipated leadership transition, the Board approved, effective as of August 1, 2023, an increase in Mr. Hedlund's annual base salary from $648,000 to $1,010,000, an increase in his target annual bonus from $825,000 to $1,464,500, which will be applied pro-rata to the total base salary actually paid to Mr. Hedlund for fiscal year 2023, an award of restricted stock units in an amount equal to approximately $500,000, and an award of stock options in an amount equal to approximately $500,000. In general, the restricted stock units will vest in full after three years, subject to the terms of the Company's standard award agreement for restricted stock units, and the stock options vest ratably over three years, subject to the terms of the Company's standard award agreement for stock options. 

In addition, the Board also approved, effective as of the Transition Date, Mr. Hedlund's compensation for the 2024 calendar year consisting of an annual base salary of $1,010,000, a target annual bonus of $1,464,500, and a long-term incentive award target value in an amount of approximately $4,787,100, which will be granted in accordance with the Company's standard grant practices in February 2024 pursuant to the various forms of award agreements that will be approved in February 2024. 

Beginning on the Transition Date, for his service as Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr. Mapes will receive an annual base salary of $553,800, a target annual bonus of $803,000, which applicable percentage will be applied to the total base salary actually paid to Mr. Mapes for fiscal year 2024, and a long-term incentive award target value in an amount of approximately $5,643,200, which will be granted in accordance with the Company's standard grant practices in February 2024 pursuant to the various forms of award agreements that will be approved in February 2024. 

A copy of the Company's press release announcing these activities is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.