Kyle Chapman joins his father as president at Barry-Wehmiller

American packaging equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller (B-W) has appointed Kyle Chapman as company president. He will join the management team that is lead by his father, chief executive and chairman Robert Chapman. 

Kyle Chapman began his career at Bank of America and in 2009 joined B-W to form BW Forsyth Partners, the St Louis-based company’s US$600 million hybrid equity firm.

“This is a unique two-generation opportunity to leverage my 51 years of experience and Kyle’s skills and 20 years of private equity and operating experience,” Robert Chapman said. Kyle will steward the lives of our 12,000 team members and shape Barry-Wehmiller’s next two decades.” 

From 2015 to 2019, Kyle was a strategic adviser to B-W and for much of this year he was interim chief financial officer, helping to steer the company through disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In this new role as president, my focus will be to continue to build upon our foundation as a vibrant company known for our culture of care, our commitment to validating the trust our customers place in us and continuing to invest in market-driven innovation – while reinforcing our belief that the only way to lead is with people and performance in harmony,” Kyle said.  

The chief financial officer role will now be taken by Michael Monarchi, who joins B-W from Eaton, the power management company.