AFC-Holcroft names new managing director for relocated European operations

Marek Kedzierzynski (Courtesy: AFC-Holcroft)

AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, United States, will be moving its European satellite office, presently located in Delémont, Switzerland, to Swiebodzin, Poland.

The move was necessitated by the pending retirement of Marc Ruetsch, the current director of European Operations, who has announced he is stepping down in mid-2020.

The new director of European Operations, Marek Kedzierzynski, will be based out of Poland, and all activity related to AFC-Holcroft’s business in Europe will continue from this new location. Kedzierzynski will report to Tracy Dougherty, vice president of sales for AFC-Holcroft.

Along with a Master of Engineering degree (M.Eng) received from University of Zielona Gora in Poland, Kedzierzynski is pursuing a Ph.D. from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland. Kedzierzynski has focused on engineering and heat treating exclusively throughout his career, beginning with his start as a design engineer while still in college, while working his way through several technical roles with major furnace equipment suppliers, and eventually moving into sales and related activities. Upward momentum and increasing responsibilities led to high level roles including director of furnace sales and commercial director/Member of the Board, before joining AFC-Holcroft in 2019. In addition, Kedzierzynski owned and operated his own heat-treat consulting business while pursuing his university studies. He is fluent in Polish, English, and Russian languages.

Kedzierzynski said, “It is an honor to take the reins of AFC-Holcroft’s European operations from my distinguished colleague Mr. Marc Ruetsch. I am grateful to have this opportunity to join AFC-Holcroft in this role, and be able to use my education, technical know-how and sales experience on a daily basis. I am honored to be selected to be a part of the AFC-Holcroft team.”

Along with the new title, the physical office of AFC-Holcroft Europe has moved from Switzerland to Poland.