Haimer USA names chief operating officer and VP of marketing

Manuel Merkt

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Cutting tool supplier, Haimer USA, has appointed Manuel Merkt as its chief operating officer (COO) and vice president of marketing.

Merkt had previous roles at Hermle USA, where the company said he demonstrated exceptional leadership and a commitment to innovation, positioning Hermle as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Prior to joining Haimer, he headed the U.S. operations of the Swiss-based digital cutting machine manufacturer Zund America.

Originally from Germany, Merkt began his career with a traditional dual apprenticeship program with Hermle AG, and continued his further education with degrees in Industrial Engineering from Coventry University in the United Kingdom and the University of Applied Science in Constance, Germany.

In 2010, Manuel joined Hermle USA as an executive assistant, advancing to operations manager in 2014 and subsequently to president & COO. His leadership was instrumental in the $3 million expansion of Hermle USA’s headquarters, enhancing the company’s operational capabilities and customer support infrastructure.

During his tenure at Hermle, Merkt led efforts to integrate Industry 4.0 and IIoT strategies, driving digital transformation and operational efficiency. His focus on customer service and innovative solutions has set new industry benchmarks.

New role at Haimer USA
In his new roles, Merkt will oversee operations and spearhead marketing initiatives to drive the company’s growth and market presence. His strategic vision and expertise will be pivotal in enhancing Haimer’s operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

"Joining the Haimer USA team as the COO and VP of Marketing is an exciting new chapter for me. I'm eager to collaborate with the Haimer Team as we share the passion for quality, innovation, and the drive for customer satisfaction. I’m confident that together, we'll make great strides in the industry and provide customer service that matches the quality of our products," said Merkt.

Manuel will leverage his extensive experience in his new role to foster innovation and drive Haimer’s success in the North American market. His leadership will enhance Haimer’s product offerings and strengthen customer relationships, ensuring the company continues to deliver cutting-edge solutions and unmatched service.

"We are thrilled to welcome Manuel Merkt to the Haimer family," said Brendt Holden, president and CEO of Haimer USA. "His proven track record of leadership and innovation will be invaluable as we continue to grow and serve our customers with cutting-edge solutions."


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