LINCOLN, RI—After 35 years of service, Hans Deamer, president and treasurer of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation, is retiring.
Deamer left his native England with his family in 1979 to begin his career with W&H as product manager, printing presses, when the company had only 11 employees. He became senior VP of Sales in 1990, then in 2001 was promoted to president and treasurer, when his predecessor, Jim Feeney, retired. Upon Deamer’s departure on June 6, he will have been instrumental in building the company to more than 50 employees and $160 million in annual sales.
“We thank Hans for his 35 years of hard work and dedication in developing W&H’s North American market. His leadership, technical knowledge and customer first attitude has been integral in establishing W&H as an industry leader,” said Peter Steinbeck, managing director of the Windmöller & Hölscher Group in Germany.
Deamer has held long term board positions with the FPA and other organizations and given numerous presentations on flexible packaging as well as flexographic and gravure printing at many industry forums.
Current VP, Andrew Wheeler, has been appointed to take over leadership. “We are happy to have Andrew Wheeler at the helm. He’s been with W&H since 1988 and is very well connected in the industry,” added Steinbeck.
Wheeler is responsible for igniting W&H’s success on the extrusion market. He led the team that built the company’s extrusion business from nothing to more than $50 million annually. Since 2001, Wheeler has been vice president of W&H Corp.
Klaus Kleemann will become VP of sales and Javeed Buch will become VP of service. Both Buch and Kleemann are engineers and have been in management capacities at W&H for more than a decade.