Allen J. Carlson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Hydraulics Corporation has announced that he will transition from his role as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 31, 2016. In connection with Mr. Carlson’s announcement, the Company’s Board of Directors named Company Vice Chairman Wolfgang H. Dangel as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2016. Mr. Carlson will remain on the Board of Directors.
Sun’s Board of Directors also approved a cash dividend of $0.09 per share, payable on October 15, 2015, to shareholders of record as of September 30, 2015.
“As I approached my 65th birthday, after 20 years at Sun, the last 15 as CEO, I advised the Board of my desire to transition from my role as President and CEO sometime after the end of this fiscal year. Working with the Board as part of our ongoing strategy and management succession planning, it became clear to me that next spring would be an appropriate time for this transition. I look forward to working with Wolfgang and contributing to Sun’s future success as a member of the Board,” said Mr. Carlson.
Board Chairman Philippe Lemaitre thanked Mr. Carlson for his long service to Sun, commenting, “Under Mr. Carlson’s leadership, the Company’s sales grew to over $200 million and reached a market capitalization of $1 billion. Sun has achieved operational excellence under his leadership, increasing capability, capacity and efficiency, launching high quality differentiated new products, and investing in global sales and marketing activities, as well as product and system engineering.”
Mr. Dangel, 51, has been a Director of the Company since June 2009, and Vice Chairman of Board since December 2012. From April 2014 through March 2015, Mr. Dangel was a consultant to Schaeffler Holding. From September 2011 to December 2013, he served as President of Schaeffler Automotive Global and a member of the Executive Board of the Schaeffler Group and, from January 2007 to September 2011, as President of Schaeffler Group Asia/Pacific. Mr. Dangel previously served as CFO and then as President and CEO of Bosch Rexroth North America, and earlier as Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board of Mannesmann Rexroth (China) Ltd. Mr. Dangel served as a member of the board of directors of the National Fluid Power Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany.
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