Christopher L. Mapes serves as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO), a Cleveland-based global manufacturer of welding, cutting and joining products. He is responsible for all of Lincoln Electric’s businesses as well as its global product development initiatives.
Mapes was elected to the board of directors of The Timken Company in 2014. He brings to the board his experience as an executive with more than 25 years of service in global manufacturing and distribution companies. Mapes understands the challenges of global growth and the complexity of managing international operations.
Prior to joining Lincoln Electric, he served as executive vice president for the A.O. Smith Corporation and president of its electrical products unit. A.O. Smith is a global water technology company and manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating and water purification equipment. After starting his career with General Motors Corporation in Toledo, Ohio, he went on to hold management positions at Essex Group, Superior Telecom and Regal-Beloit Corporation.
Mapes serves as a member of the Timken board’s Audit and Compensation Committees.