April 04, 2020

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International Federation of Robotics elects Schunk's Milton Guerry as new President - Design World Network


From left to right: Armin Schlenk, Chairman IFR Marcom Group; Milton Guerry, IFR President; Susanne Bieller, IFR General Secretary.

The Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) elected Milton Guerry of Schunk USA as the group’s new President.Klaus Koenig of KUKA Robotics has been appointed as IFR´s new Vice President.

“I feel very honored to serve as new IFR President and look forward to a successful collaboration with Klaus Koenig and our IFR members,” said Guerry. He has held the position of IFR Vice President since December 2019. Guerry succeeds Steven Wyatt (ABB, Switzerland), who is leaving ABB. Wyatt held the rotating post of President since December 2019 and prior to that served on a two-year term as IFR´s Vice President.

Guerry thanked Wyatt for his many years of successful work for the International Federation of Robotics.

“Steven did a wonderful job to support the world of robotics. He inspired the robotics industry and their stakeholders, such as the representatives of national robotics associations from all over the globe, delegates of robot manufacturers and research institutes as well as the media. We will continue his mission to further improve the understanding of the rapidly changing world of robotics and automation,” said Guerry.

Guerry heads the Schunk USA team as its President based in Morrisville, N.C. He joined Schunk in 2000 and has held various leadership roles, assuming his current role as President in 2007. Milton is a member of the Robotic Industries Association’s (RIA) Board of Directors. He began his career in the automotive industry in a number of engineering and technical functions.

Koenig serves as CEO of KUKA´s Robotics division based in Augsburg, Germany. He joined KUKA AG in July 2017 as COO. Before, he had held various leadership positions in the German automotive industry. During his career he also took on international jobs, with multi-year assignments operating out of Canada and Italy. Koenig holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University RWTH in Aachen, Germany.


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