SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 4, 2014 — KUKA Robotics Corporation ( http://www.kukarobotics.com), a leading manufacturer of industrial robots announced today the appointment of Joseph A. Gemma Jr., as President and CEO of KUKA Robotics Corporation US. Mr. Gemma brings over 29 years of relevant industry experience to his new role at KUKA Robotics Corporation.
Mr. Gemma’s appointment is part of an on-going reorganization process within KUKA’s Robotics group. Stuart Shepherd hands over his responsibility as a president and CEO of KUKA Robotics Corp to Mr Gemma, but continues to be involved with the company in his role as Vice President Sales – Americas as announced in March 2014.
“Leading the KUKA Robotics Corporation US organization has been a highlight in my career,” said Mr. Shepherd. “We are delighted that Joe will join our management team and believe he will further enhance our regional capabilities to support KUKA Robotics’ continued sales and earnings growth.”
Mr. Gemma most recently held the role of CEO Stäubli Group – North & Central America. During his nearly three years in this role, the company significantly improved its market position and performance. He joined Stäubli in 1997 as a Sales Engineer, after successful roles in project coordination, applications and sales, with prestigious companies as Advanced Technology Systems, Inc., Crellin Technologies, Inc., and Corner & Lada, Inc.
Mr. Gemma has been very active and is also the 1st Vice Chair in the Robotic Industries Association (“RIA”), and is the RIA representative to the International Federation of Robotics.
“I’m pleased to take up my new role as President and CEO at KUKA Robotics,” says Gemma. “I look forward to working with the dedicated employees to further the company’s market leadership and growth by bringing new levels of innovation, customer experience and value to the marketplace.”
About the KUKA Robot Group
KUKA Robotics Corporation along with KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg Germany (part of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft group of worldwide companies), ranks among the world's leading suppliers of industrial robots and material handling vehicles. Core competencies include the development, production, and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software, linear units, and omniMove™ omni-directional motion platforms. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries as well as multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. KUKA robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to 3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. KUKA Roboter GmbH employs about 3400 people worldwide. In 2013, sales totaled 754,1 million Euro. 28 subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, America and Asia.