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John M. Stropki was named president and CEO of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., in June 2004 and elected chairman of the board in October 2004. He joined Lincoln full time in 1972 after working summers in the factory while an engineering student at Purdue University.
In his nearly 40 years at Lincoln, Stropki has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer; executive vice president and president, North America; senior vice president, sales; national sales manager for Canada; and as a district manager in two Midwest offices.
A recipient of Purdue’s 1998 Outstanding Industrial Engineer Award, Stropki is an honorary member of the American Welding Society, serves on the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Presidents Council and is a member of the Gas and Welding Distributors Association. He is a member of the board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, and is active in the American Lung Association, Harvest for Hunger and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Stropki earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Indiana University.