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Brian Hutton, President of Columbia/Okura, to Retire

After more than 17 years leading the company, Brian Hutton, president of Columbia/Okura, will retire effective August 18, 2023. Fred Robinson was appointed president and will take over responsibilities on July 1, 2023.

Brian Hutton
Brian Hutton

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Hutton has served in his current role since June 2012, and prior to that, as general manager since joining the joint venture on January 1, 2006. He has spent his entire 40-year professional career in various roles in the material handling and packaging equipment industries.

During Hutton’s tenure he has provided a leadership role in helping the company substantially grow their installed base of robotic palletizers. In the process he has served as a champion for establishing new strategic alliances with suppliers and channel partners. “Under Brian’s leadership Columbia/Okura has grown significantly and is a clear market leader for robotic palletizing solutions in the Western Hemisphere.Fred RobinsonFred Robinson Over the last 10 years Columbia/Okura has developed from a standalone palletizing solution provider to a large systems integrator, providing turnkey engineering and installation services for numerous multimillion dollar systems and integrated bagging lines. This transformation has been accomplished while retaining a very high customer Net Promoter Score, all while generating record revenue and record profitability in recent years. Brian has been a great colleague, valuable member of our Executive Team and a good friend to many of us”, said Rick Goode, CEO of Columbia Machine, Inc.

To provide ongoing continuity and executive leadership, Columbia/Okura appointed Fred Robinson to succeed Hutton. Robinson has served in numerous leadership roles in robotics and factory automation and brings a strong background in equipment manufacturing.

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