Jenny Levy, new vice president, corporate social responsibility.
Jenny Levy, new vice president, corporate social responsibility.
Evan Smith, new CEO of Hypertherm.
Evan Smith, new CEO of Hypertherm.

From January 2015, current president Evan Smith will assume the role of CEO from founder Dick Couch, who will retain the position of executive chairman of the board and trustee of the hypertherm stock ownership plan. 

Current director of corporate social responsibility Jenny Levy will assume the role of vice president, corporate social responsibility from Barbara Couch, who will retain her roles as board director and chair of its corporate social responsibility committee. 

Smith, who was named President in 2012, has served in a succession of business management and executive roles since joining Hypertherm 22 years ago. Under his commercial guidance as vice president and general manager starting in 2001, and then as president, Hypertherm’s business has grown more than fourfold. 

Long-term benefit

Levy joined Hypertherm in 2004, holding positions in sales and marketing before being named director of environmental stewardship in 2010, and then promoted to director of corporate social responsibility in late 2011.

“Entrepreneurs and business founders are often not as good at building future leadership as they are at building the business,” said Dick Couch. “In conjunction with ensuring ownership continuity for Hypertherm, our board of directors has given leadership succession priority attention over the past decade. Barbara and I are proud of and confident in Evan and the leadership team now in place to carry the business forward for the long-term benefit of our customers, our associate-owners, and the communities in which we operate.”