Yannick Gaechter Joins Bühler North America as Food Application Center Director

Plymouth, Minnesota – Bühler North America is pleased to announce that Yannick Gaechter, International Management Trainee-CEO Office, will be promoted to the role of Food Application Center Director, in our North American organization in Minneapolis, effective 1 January 2020. He will report to Andy Sharpe, President & CEO North America.

Yannick will work closely with the North American regional team to achieve the business and utilization targets for the Food Application Center (FAC). This includes business development, in terms of identifying new potential applications, products, business models and bringing them to market. He will also set priorities for the FAC workflow and manage, coach and support the teams that operate and utilize the FAC, and all other application centers across the North American region. He and his team will engage with and be supported by the sales teams to develop customer proposals and fulfill FAC services.

His main responsibilities will be:

  • Manage the entire Food Application Center including all aspects of business and operations, focused on customers for NAM and SAM, as Center of Competence for the Americas.
  • Manage relationships and cross-functional teams, including Customer Service Engineers and Project Execution, to ensure all customer needs are met on a timely basis.
  • Drive full utilization of the FAC, for the benefit of customers and other stakeholders.

Yannick joined Bühler in August 2017 from Hilti Tools, after completing his master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. During this time, he worked in the CEO Office as a management trainee and, in August 2018, was appointed Project Manager for the 2019 Bühler Networking Days. Yannick and his team successfully inspired our employees, customers and company partners during the NWDs, after a year of thorough planning.

Yannick grew up internationally, having lived, studied & worked in Australia, China, Switzerland and Thailand. He is passionate about enabling teams to drive innovative, sustainable impact with purpose and scale.