Aquaculture North America

New appointment at Bühler North America

November 30, 2018
By Aquaculture North America Staff

Bühler Inc., has announced Andy Sharpe as its new president and chief executive officer as of Jan. 1, 2019.

The company which focuses on process engineering and food, feed and advanced industrial materials technology said Sharpe will be succeeding René Steiner, who will be retiring, capping off a 50-year career at Bühler.

“It’s an exciting time to take over the helm of Bühler North America as we advance a phase of equipment solutions and digital innovations that allow our customers to satisfy the basic food, mobility, and communications needs for billions of people, every day,” said Sharpe. “As president and CEO, my goal is to perpetuate Bühler’s world class expertise, to help our customers grow their businesses across all industries, as well as create a workplace where our employees can thrive and do their very best.”  

Sharpe has more than 20 years’ experience with Bühler, working across all functions of the organization, including sales, marketing, research and development, engineering, manufacturing and executive leadership. Sharpe started with Bühler in 1996, when he was hired as market manager to establish the company’s European office in Stamford, U.K. Later, he was appointed regional director to serve market needs for the company’s European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Most recently, Sharpe served as president and chief executive officer of Bühler Aeroglide in Raleigh, N.C., from April 2015 to the present. Prior to joining Bühler, Sharpe served as business manager for the snack and cereal division of APV Baker in Peterborough, U.K., where he marketed complete food processing lines.

“We are happy that, with Andy Sharpe, we were able to find a seasoned and successful business leader as successor for René,” said Bühler Group’s global head of sales and service, Dieter Voegtli. “Andy’s appointment will allow us to further develop relationships with our customers, based on the foundation laid by René and to provide continuity to our teams in North America.”


Steiner will remain with Bühler throughout the official transition to ensure continuity of operations and continue to develop important customer relationships, the company stated.

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