Atlas Copco Compressors has named Andrew Walker General Manager for U.S. operations, with headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C., effective March 1. Walker succeeded Paul Hense, who leaves for a new position within the Atlas Copco Airpower Division after nearly four years in the U.S. as general manager, overseeing several acquisitions and new building projects during this time.
"We've faced a number of challenges over the last four years, particularly given the economic situation, but this has been a very enjoyable time for me personally particularly because we achieved our mission of profitable growth," Hense said. "I wish Andrew all the best in his future in the U.S."
Walker has a master's degree in engineering and business administration from the University College of Dublin. He Joined Atlas Copco in 1986 and over the next 15 years held various positions in aftermarket and equipment sales and management, both in Ireland and Great Britain before moving to Belgium. In 2001 he was named aftermarket marketing manager for the Industrial Air Division; in 2005 Walker was appointed vice president marketing – equipment for the Industrial Air Division; in 2007 he returned to his native Ireland to take the role of general manager for the Customer Center in Ireland.
"I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunity that the U.S. offers and I am delighted to be serving as general manager for Atlas Copco Compressors' U.S. operations," Walker said. "My mission is to continue our growth in the U.S. with a focus on taking care of existing customers, while working to develop new markets and opportunities."
Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business area develops, manufactures, markets, and services oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment and air management systems. It also offers specialty rental services. It innovates for superior productivity in applications such as manufacturing, construction, and the process industry worldwide. Principal product development and main manufacturing units are in Antwerp, Belgium.
Atlas Copco is an industrial group in compressors, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Founded 1873, the company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2010, Atlas Copco had about 33,000 employees and revenues of BSEK 75 (approximately $11 billion). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.