Udo Panenka, currently Senior VP of Global Sales & Marketing at Esko, is to succeed Carsten Knudsen as President of the Belgium company on January 1, 2015.
Panenka joined Esko in September 2014 from Kollmorgen, which is an operation owned by Danaher Corporation. Danaher purchased Esko in 2011 for approximately €350 million. At Kollmorgen, Panenka most recently served as VP and GM for Industrial Automation in Europe and India. He joined Kollmorgen in 2008.
Back in September 2014, at the same time when Panenka joined Esko, Jon Giardina also came from a Danaher operation to become Esko’s VP for the Americas.
Prior to Danaher, Panenka held sales, marketing and general management positions with ABS Deutschland, RITZ Pumpenfabrik and New Haden Pumps. Panenka has a BA degree in Management from Berufsakademie located in Heidenheim, Germany.