Vermeer Corp. announced that third-generation family member Jason Andringa will take over as the company’s next president and CEO, effective Nov. 1, when he begins a one-year assignment as president and chief operating officer. During the year he will transition into the role of president and CEO, replacing his mother Mary Andringa, who will assume the role of CEO and chair of the board on Nov. 1, and will transition exclusively to board chair Nov. 1, 2015.
Jason Andringa currently serves as president of forage and environmental solutions.
“Gary Vermeer, my grandfather and Vermeer founder was very influential for me personally and professionally,” said Andringa. “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 first-hand 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 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.”
Current board chairman Bob Vermeer will assume the role of chair emeritus. Bob Vermeer, son of founder Gary Vermeer, served as CEO beginning in 1989, and co-CEO from 2003 to 2009.
Mary Andringa recently concluded a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, and is currently one of 18 private sector members of President Obama’s Export Council, where she represents manufacturing on trade matters.
Jason Andringa also served as vice president for dealer distribution and global accounts, and spent three years in the Netherlands as managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and CIS.
Vermeer Corp. is based in Pella, Iowa.