Lee is responsible for leading strategies that bring Key’s high-performance digital sorting, conveying and process automation systems and world-class service to food processors throughout North America and Latin America.
Key’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia will continue to be led by Antoine van Bree, President/Managing Director, Key Technology – EMEIA. Jack Lee succeeds Carson Brennan, who is relocating to the Chicago area and taking on an expanded role in Duravant’s business development.
In addition to leading Key in America, Lee will also assume responsibility for WECO along with Don Douglas, President of WECO.
Mike Kachmer, President and CEO of Duravant:
“We are pleased to have Jack at Key. His passion for continuous improvement, experience in applying technology to meet changing market needs, and team-oriented leadership style drive a growth plan focused on delivering exceptional customer value.”
“Jack is committed to Key’s continued success and is partnering with Key to host WECO. We are accelerating our strategy to pursue more joint business opportunities and offer Duravant customers a more integrated and comprehensive suite of sorting solutions.”
“Key and WECO occupy an exciting area in a dynamic time. By working with food processors to optimize end-product quality despite extreme weather conditions causing wide variations in the quality of harvested crops, we can serve as a buffer to make things better for farmers, food processors and consumers alike.”
“We are also addressing sustainability by reducing energy and water use by food processors and reducing their reliance on manual labor. Our goal is to feed the world.”
Lee brings over 20 years of leadership experience in industrial automation. Most recently he was President of Red Lion Controls, a division of Spectris PLC.
Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Surface Equipment and Automation at Dover Artificial Lift and held several leadership positions at Emerson Electric, including VP of Global Marketing and Business Development.
At Emerson Process Management he was Global Food and Beverage Industry Director and Strategic Planning Director. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, Lee holds three master’s degrees – a master’s degree in chemical/industrial engineering from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in engineering management from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in business administration , also from Northwestern University.