Stihl Inc. announced April 26 the hiring of Stephen Ballenger as vice president of operations in the United States. Ballenger will be responsible for all production operations at the more than one million-square-foot corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va., where the company produces more than 275 models of handheld outdoor power equipment. His role will include directing manufacturing, engineering, materials and procurement, logistics, buildings, maintenance and quality assurance activities.
Ballenger brings more than 30 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise and leadership experience to Stihl, most recently serving as president of Light Vehicles USA for Metalsa in Elizabethtown, Ky. His previous leadership experience includes positions at Carl Zeiss, Hella and a 15-year career with Bosch North America.
“Stephen has the depth of knowledge and experience to lead our manufacturing operations here in Virginia Beach,” said Bjoern Fischer, president of Stihl Inc. “His extensive background running large-scale, modern manufacturing facilities in the U.S. make him a natural fit for Stihl. We welcome him to Stihl Inc. and are confident he will continue to drive our business forward.”
“Stihl Inc. has an exceptional reputation for high-quality, cutting-edge technology and product performance, but it’s the people behind the products that really drew me to the company,” said Ballenger. “The passion and commitment of Stihl employees is clearly evident. I look forward to being a part of the team and continuing the tradition of excellence.”
Ballenger has a Master of Science degree in industrial management and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.