Link-Belt CEO Named Chair of CONEXPO 2026

Officials have named the chair of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2026.

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Less than two months after the construction industry's largest tradeshow in North America, CONEXPO-CON/AGG (CONEXPO) officials have named the chair of the 2026 show. Link-Belt Excavator Co. (LBX Co.) President and CEO Eric Sauvage was named the chair of the 2026 CONEXPO, which is scheduled to take place from March 3-7, 2026 in Las Vegas. 

“After the tremendous success of the 2023 show, the bar is set very high for 2026 CONEXPO-CON/AGG, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) staff and the show’s management committee,” said Sauvage. “I plan to lean on that strong foundation to further strengthen and grow this world-class industry event, while optimizing the value for our attendees and exhibitors.”

Sauvage has been part of Association of Equipment Manufacturers' (AEM) leadership for many years through participation in boards and committees. AEM is one of the principal sponsors of CONEXPO. 

“I am looking forward to working with Eric and to continuing to build on the success of the 2023 show,” said CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show Director Dana Wuesthoff. “Although the show isn’t until 2026, our planning is already in the works and Eric will be an excellent leader as we look to bring the industry back together again the next time we all meet in Las Vegas.”

A native of Paris, Sauvage became CEO of LBX Company in 2014 after joining the company in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 20 years with CNH Industrial and earned his U.S. citizenship in 2006. In addition to his role as chair of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2026, he serves as vice chair of  AEM's construction equipment sector board.