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David J. Wilson Joins Columbus McKinnon as President and Chief Executive Officer

Posted on June 4, 2020

Columbus McKinnon is excited to welcome our new CEO and President, David J. Wilson. After a thorough and extensive search, Mr. Wilson was selected based on his proven success with operational excellence and customer-centric commercial growth. His superior international and business development skills and a demonstrated track record for delivering results closely align with our Blueprint for Growth Strategy, with strong leadership capabilities that will take our performance culture to even higher levels.

Prior to joining our team on June 1, 2020, Mr. Wilson, 51, is the president of the Pumps Division of Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets. He assumed this role in July 2018 as a result of the combination of the industrial pumps division and the engineered pumps division. The pumps division is Flowserve’s largest division. From September 2017 to July 2018, he was president of the industrial pumps division.

Before his tenure at Flowserve, Mr. Wilson advanced to significant leadership roles at SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPXC) and its spin-off SPX FLOW, Inc. (NYSE: FLOW) over a nearly 20-year period. As president of several businesses within SPX, Mr. Wilson developed innovative growth initiatives, implemented business simplification processes and restructurings, led acquisition and portfolio management strategies and defined strategic visions for the businesses. He ran global operations and resided in both Asia and Europe for several years. Mr. Wilson began his career as an engineer for Polaroid Corporation rapidly advancing into leadership roles. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Mr. Wilson will also be elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Company.