LINCOLNSHIRE, Illinois, U.S. — Probat, Inc., the US-American subsidiary of the world and technology leader for the manufacturing of coffee roasting plants and machinery, will be led by a woman in the future. The Board of Directors has appointed Ellen Nielsen, as new General Manager of Probat, Inc. effective November 1, 2020. She succeeds John F. Fortin who served as President of the PROBAT Group of companies in the US for the past five years.
In 2012 Nielsen started her career as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Probat, Inc. Now she takes over the position as General Manager. “I will continue and further expand Probat’s business strategy of increasing market share through the creation of an enhanced value-added proposition to the customer. I strongly believe that I will be able to achieve this by drawing on the sound expertise and outstanding technological capabilities of the Probat Group”, Nielsen looks forward to the challenges of her new position.
Prior to joining the company, Nielsen has covered different executive financial roles at a number of companies to assist banks in turnaround situations. The devoted mother of two holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (BS) from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from University of Chicago, IL.
Wim Abbing, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO Probat Group thanks Fortin for his lasting commitment at Probat, Inc. and looks forward to continuing to work with Nielsen: “With his great achievements John Fortin has played a significant role in the growth and sustainable development of the company.
He considerably reinforced our service activity by integrating ED Industrial into the Probat Group of companies in the US and successfully revitalized the Burns brand, to name just two of his accomplishments as President of Probat, Inc.
We wish him all the best for the future. Ellen Nielsen`s track record as CFO at Probat, Inc. and her in-depth knowledge of the company now give us the confidence that the commercial success of the company will also be well secured into the future.”