CLEVELAND (Jan. 22, 2007) — Parker Hannifin Corp.´s current chairman and CEO, Donald E. Washkewicz, has assumed the title of president, after the retirement of Nickolas W. Vande Steeg, who had been president, chief operating officer and a director.
The company also promoted Lee C. Banks and Thomas L. Williams to senior vice presidents, operating officer, taking on the operational responsibility for Parker´s business groups previously held by Vande Steeg. Each has separate and defined oversight for the firm´s business groups and regions.
Vande Steeg began his career at Parker as a total quality assurance manager within the company´s seal business in 1971. He advanced at the company through 10 positions, including general manager, Global Seal Group president, and president and chief operating officer.