Donaldson Company Inc. announced June 15 that Lowell F. Schwab, senior vice president of global operations, will retire on August 1. Schwab, 61, joined Donaldson in 1977 as a financial analyst and then held a number of key management roles. He was promoted to VP of operations, in 1994. Schwab was also senior VP for engine systems and parts from 2004 to 2008.
With Schwab’s retirement, Joseph E. Lehman will become VP of global operations, effective August 1. Lehman, 55, is currently VP of global engine aftermarket. Lehman joined Donaldson in 1984 and has held various positions in finance, operations, IT and business unit management roles. Within operations, he led Donaldson’s Frankfort, Ind., and Hull, England, plants and its logistics group.
“I’d like to thank and congratulate Lowell for his devoted service and incredible list of accomplishments,” said Bill Cook, chairman, president and CEO. “Lowell’s many contributions include instilling a culture of Continuous Improvement throughout our manufacturing and distribution operations, a relentless focus on our customers, and faster new product development processes. Lowell has been one of the most significant contributors to our company’s track record and, while he will be missed, his legacy will live on for years.
“A critical success factor for achieving our long-term growth objectives is to develop leaders from within our organization. Joe Lehman is a great example of our success as he has demonstrated his leadership capabilities and delivered results in his many roles. In his new position, Joe’s unique combination of skills and experience will provide an essential perspective as we work to enhance and expand our global supply chain and our operations to meet our customers’ needs.”
About Donaldson Company Inc.
Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance customers’ equipment performance, and protect the environment. It is a technology-driven company committed to satisfying customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence.