Vermeer Corporation announced that a third generation of the Vermeer family is set to lead the company into the future with the transition of Jason Andringa to president and CEO effective Nov. 1, 2015.
The move continues a legacy of family leadership that started in 1948 when Gary Vermeer founded the company that bears his name in Pella, Iowa. Bob Vermeer, Andringa’s uncle is chair of the board for Vermeer and his mother Mary Andringa is CEO.
“Gary Vermeer, my grandfather and Vermeer founder, was very influential for me personally and professionally,” said Jason Andringa in a statement about the transitions. “Since a young age, I had a passion to follow in his footsteps. In the mid-90s, I traveled on a business trip overseas with my mother, Mary, and saw firsthand the global demand for Vermeer equipment and the impact it was making on local communities across the world. That trip solidified my path to Vermeer. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Vermeer as a family-owned and operated, global company into a prosperous future.”
Starting Nov. 1, 2014 Andringa will transition from his role as president of Forage and Environmental Solutions to a one-year term, as president and COO. Effective that same day, Mary Andringa will transition to the role of CEO and chair of the board and exclusively to chair of the board Nov. 1, 2015.
“I look forward to working closely with Jason this coming year to prepare him for the transition to CEO in Nov. 2015,” said Mary Andringa. “As an entire family, we are proud to announce the third-generation leadership who we know with confidence can propel us to new heights.”
Bob Vermeer will assume the role of chair emeritus. The honorary role for individuals who served as Vermeer CEO or Chair of the Board will be effective Nov. 1, 2014.
“The Vermeer family and board of directors have worked diligently for more than two decades to establish a robust and extensive family employment policy and succession planning process,” said Bob Vermeer. “We are confident that Jason’s education and experience have prepared him exceptionally to lead the company.”
Prior to his current role, Jason Andringa served as vice president for Dealer Distribution and Global Accounts. He also spent three years in the Netherlands as managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and CIS.Tags: CEO, Jason Andringa, Vermeer