Posted September 3, 2019

Top changes coming at Metabo HPT

Metabo HPT announced that Robert Pjevach will become chief executive officer effective Oct. 1, 2019.  He will also serve as chief operating officer of the Americas for parent company Koki Holdings Co. Ltd. in Japan.

Koki Holdings Co, Ltd., which manufactures and sells electric and pneumatic power tools and life-sciences equipment, announced that it appointed Robert Pjevach as advisor on September 1, 2019 with plans to appointhim as chief operating officer for Americas (COOA) to supervise operations in the Americas effective October 1, 2019.

Pjevach possesses a deep knowledge of the power tool industry. He offers a wealth of experience and an impressive record of proven results in the management of businesses in the Americas at power tool makers that are developing businesses globally. He will heighten Metabo HPT’s brand recognition and will strengthen product development from the customers’ viewpoint.

Pjevach graduated from the University of Wisconsin and later received his MBA. Following his graduation, he worked as a development engineer and project engineer at a power tool manufacturer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then led a productivity planning team, small motor engineering team and surface modeling team at Robert Bosch GmbH, a manufacturer of automotive components and power tools, and was appointed vice president in charge of a business unit. His subsequent experience also includes positions such as vice president in charge of global marketing of power tools for Cooper Industries and vice president in charge of consumer products at the gasoline engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton, where he supervised the American businesses of companies that are developing businesses globally.

By welcoming Pjevach as COOA and CEO for Metabo HPT, the company will realize an acceleration in the growth of its business here, which is a key strategic region for the parent company Koki Holdings Co., Ltd, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

As part of this strategy, Metabo HPT also announces the promotion of Joe Leffler to chief operating officer (COO) working in cooperation with Pjevach to support and grow the business in the U.S. market. Leffler previously served as senior vice president of sales, sarketing, and general management and has been an integral employee of the company for more than 25 years.

Parent company Koki Holdings owns approximately 2,300 registered patents worldwide and is expanding its presence globally, utilizing strengths that include the world’s highest technological capabilities and reputation backed by a history of more than 70 years. The key strategic areas for its core power tool business include Japan, the Americas and Europe.

Koki Holdings is committed to strengthening its organizational structure with a view toward further growth in the mid- and long-term by striving to develop products and services with higher quality and performance from the customers’ viewpoint. By creating a product experience of “superiority” for the pros who are our customers, Koki Holdings is responding to the passion and trust of professional craftsmen everywhere.