CYPRESS, Calif. -- Burkle North America has announced that its board of directors has appointed Kurt Palmer as president & CEO, replacing Helfried Weinzerl who is stepping down after seven years.

Speaking on behalf of the board, chairman Richard Crowe said, “Mr. Weinzerl came to us in 2012 and has done an outstanding job leading us into new markets, while retaining our position in traditional markets with both Burkle and Schmoll Maschinen.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Kurt Palmer’s caliber and experience step up to lead Burkle North America. We are at an important moment and we need continued leadership to successfully implement our strategy of utilizing our core technologies of lamination and coating for a variety of markets, including our woodworking / surfaces, printed circuit board, plastic card, glass / graphic arts, and solar modules / architectural glass markets, among others, to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Palmer has over 30 years of experience in consumable and equipment distribution throughout North America, working with manufacturers in both Europe and Asia. Prior to his current role, he served as V-P of sales for Burkle North America, director of operations for TCT Circuit Supply, and the owner of Tapco Circuit Supply. See http://www.burkleamerica.com

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