Member company Buhler Industries, which is based is Winnepeg, Manitoba, and whose leadership has connections to Russia, has issued a series of statements since Russia invaded Ukraine opposing the invasion and explaining it operates without influence from Russia.
It announced last week that it “continues to strongly oppose the decisions of the Russian Federation and stands with the people of Ukraine.” It also said the company has made changes to the Board of Directors to “align with the values of the Canadian-based leadership team.”
The Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Konstanin Babkin after Babkin spoke in support of the actions of the Russian Federation.
“These views are in stark contrast to those of the North American executive team and do not reflect the position or values of Buhler Industries,” the statement said.
Babkin will be replaced by Adam Reid, who is currently the vice president of sales and marketing. He has been with the company for more than 15 years.
Grant Adolph has been appointed chairman of the board of Buhler Industries. Adolph is currently a member of the board and chief operating officer. He has been with the company since 1975.
Ossama AbouZeid, Ph.D., has been appointed as a director on the board and chairman of the Audit Committee. AbouZeid has served as president and chief financial officer of Buhler Industries.
AbouZeid replaces company founder John Buhler, who has retired.
“We thank Mr. Buhler, who has served on the board since the formation of Buhler Industries, a company that he started, for his years of dedicated service,” the statement said.
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