INNIO has named Rob Stoppek as CEO of its Waukesha Gas Engines business. Founded in 1906, Waukesha’s distinctive orange-colored gas engines are manufactured in Waukesha, Wis. USA and Welland, Ontario, Canada. The Waukesha products are primarily used in compression and transporting gas applications. In 2018, GE sold its Distributed Power business, which included the Waukesha and Jenbacher brands, to a private equity firm for US$3.25 billion. The brand was renamed INNIO in late 2018.
“We are pleased to welcome Rob to the INNIO team to lead the respected Waukesha gas engines business,” said Carlos Lange, CEO & president, INNIO Group. “His customer-centric focus, P&L management expertise and strong supply chain and manufacturing leadership experience provide critical skillsets that will be instrumental in driving the Waukesha business in the 21st-century economy.”
Stoppek had served as the executive leading Parker Hannifin’s US$1.5 billion motion and control business operations for Europe, covering 23 locations with 4000 employees. He also was senior vice president of global operations for Generac and as chief supply chain officer for IDEX. A holder of 11 U.S. patents, Stoppek holds an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University. He has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.