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Balluff names new N.A. president

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General Controls/Drives Balluff GmbH Balluff Inc. Tony Canonaco

Tony Canonaco to lead the American division of Balluff.

FLORENCE, KY—Balluff Inc., a leading sensor specialist and system provider and U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, has appointed Tony Canonaco as president effective May 1, 2015 and chief executive officer effective August 1, 2015.

Kent Howard, previous president and chief executive officer, is transitioning into retirement and will move into the role of advisor to the president and Board of Directors.

Tony Canonaco joins Balluff with over 25 years of sales and leadership experience in the field of industrial automation.

“I am excited to join Balluff and build on their history of success by delivering for their customers, employees, and partners,” states Canonaco. “The opportunities that lie ahead for Balluff are tremendous and the ability to lead this next phase is an honor as well as incredibly exhilarating.”


Commenting on Canonaco’s appointment, Balluff global managing director and owner Florian Hermle states, “We look forward to benefitting from Tony’s diverse experiences as we continue to enhance and build upon our successful position in the market and strengthen our focus on strategic growth.”

Kent Howard adds, “We all welcome Tony into this new position at Balluff and look forward to a smooth transition as we continue to expand the business in the United States.”

Canonaco most recently worked at Omron as general manager and vice-president of sales for Canada. He also previously held positions at Danaher Motion, Bosch Rexroth, and Eaton in various leadership capacities. He received his MBA from Capital University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

About Balluff:
Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products.  Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, and electronics.
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