Bettcher Industries, Inc. announced several significant organizational changes in the long-planned executive management succession for the company.

Don Esch has been appointed to the position of president and chief operating officer of Bettcher. Esch, who had served as executive vice president, succeeds Larry Bettcher in this role. Bettcher remains chairman and chief executive officer of the company.

“I am pleased that Don is assuming the primary leadership role for the company’s strategic direction and operations worldwide, reporting directly to me,” Bettcher commented.

During his eight year tenure at Bettcher Industries, Esch has spearheaded the company’s significant sales growth and its expansion into overseas markets – particularly Brazil and China where new subsidiary companies have now been established. He has also played a key role in several strategic acquisitions made by the company in recent years.

Succeeding Esch in the sales and marketing portion of his former role is David Quebbemann. Quebbemann joins Bettcher Industries from OMRON Corporation,  a worldwide leader in the manufacture of sophisticated electronic sensing and control technology.