Eriez names Jaisen Kohmuench as new president and CEO 

Andrew Snook   

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Lukas Guenthardt retiring after 12 years with the company 

Jaisen Kohmuench. Photo: Eriez.

Eriez recently appointed Jaisen Kohmuench as its new president and CEO, effective January 1, 2024.

Kohmuench will succeed president and CEO Lukas Guenthardt, who will be retiring at the end of 2023.

The company stated that Kohmuench’s appointment is “the culmination of a carefully planned succession strategy, with Kohmuench working closely alongside Guenthardt and the Eriez Board of Directors to ensure a seamless transition of responsibilities.” 

“Lukas has played a pivotal role in driving the company’s transformative growth, fostering innovation, and achieving remarkable success during his tenure. Under his visionary leadership, Eriez achieved record revenues and strengthened its global market presence,” stated Richard Merwin, Chairman of the Board.

Kohmuench has two decades of experience with the company and has held numerous executive-level positions, including his most recent as its chief operating officer. 

Kohmuench started with Eriez in research and development as a process engineer to direct and expand its U.S. Flotation group. He later atook on the role of managing director for Eriez-Australia before returning to the U.S. to manage all of Eriez’ international businesses as vice-president of international; and then chief operating officer.

“Jaisen’s career path reflects a distinctive fusion of technical and financial responsibilities that have helped him develop into the versatile and accomplished leader he is today,” Merwin stated.  

Over his many years at Eriez, Kohmuench has been instrumental in shaping global business strategies and driving profitable growth in magnetic, flotation, and service operations, the company stated, adding that his depth of expertise is demonstrated through his prolific authorship of numerous technical papers and contributions as an inventor with over a dozen patents.

Kohmuench holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mining and minerals engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Merwin stated that Kohmuench “truly embodies the company’s core mission and values.”

“Jaisen’s extensive technical and international experience, proven leadership qualities, and philanthropic spirit will serve as a guiding force propelling Eriez into a prosperous future,” Merwin stated. “We look forward to an exciting new chapter under Jaisen’s leadership and extend our sincere gratitude to Lukas for his exceptional service.” 

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