Tim Swanson was named president of Bettcher Industries, an Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. Swanson will also become a member of the Bettcher board of directors.

Tim Swanson BettcherTim SwansonSwanson will succeed Don Esch, who will retire at the end of the year. Esch served as Bettcher’s CEO since October of 2014. He will continue to serve as a member of Bettcher’s board of directors. Esch took over as CEO when Bettcher transitioned to an employee stock ownership structure. He had previously served as chief operating officer for Bettcher.

Swanson comes to Bettcher from the Barnes Group where he served as president of the global engineered components business. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Illinois Tool Works (ITW) serving in general management roles within the Global Automotive and Welding segments.