Jennifer Parmentier may have assumed the reins of Parker Hannifin Corp. last month, but she certainly isn’t changing direction. This Cleveland-based global leader in motion and control technologies is neither apologetic about that nor ready to change its philosophy when it comes to either products or executives.
And why should it be?
The company, which has been enabling engineering breakthroughs for more than a century, has also increased its annual dividend per share paid to its shareholders for 66 consecutive years. It’s hard to beat that kind of success.
At the beginning of the year, Parmentier succeeded Thomas L. Williams as CEO while Andrew Ross stepped into his new role as COO. As a part of the changes, Parker’s board also voted an increase in the size of the board from 12 to 13, with Parmentier as its newest member. Parmentier will report to the board of directors, while Williams plans to continue as its executive chairman through next year. Ross succeeds Parmentier as COO, reporting to Lee Banks, who remains vice chairman and president.
“Jenny and Andy bring extensive experience across Parker’s operating groups and regions, and each is a strong advocate for the power of The Win Strategy (Parker’s business system) in driving our operations to record performance and growth,” says Williams. “Together with Lee Banks and Todd Leombruno, our executive vice president and chief financial officer, they will form the new Office of the Chief Executive and are the right team to lead Parker to achieve its FY27 performance targets.
“In coordination with the board, I have been planning this transition for many years and believe this is the right time to step down from the CEO position. It has truly been an honor to lead this great company.”
“Jenny and Andy will certainly have ideas about the direction they want to take the company, but given the record performance levels and the transformation of its portfolio, it’s clear that The Win Strategy has been working very effectively and will be the foundation for the company’s future success as well,” adds Aidan Gormley, director of Global Communications and Branding. “As senior leaders, Jenny and Andy have both been integral to the executive team for years and have been strategic contributors to the transformation of Parker’s portfolio and performance. As CEO and COO, they will continue to build on the journey Parker is on to achieve top quartile performance.”
Parmentier became COO in 2021 with responsibility for all of Parker’s operating groups. Previously, she was vice president and president — Motion Systems Group from 2019 to 2021 and vice president and president — Engineered Materials Group from 2015 to 2019, where she was responsible for all financial and strategic aspects of the global operations of those operating groups. Prior to those roles, she held a variety of operational roles including general manager of the Sporlan Division in the Instrumentation Group and general manager of the Hose Products Division in the Fluid Connectors Group.
During his 24-year career with the company, Ross has been vice president and president — Fluid Connectors Group since 2015. Previously, he was vice president and president — Engineered Materials Group from 2012 to 2015. Since joining Parker in 1998 as a product manager in the Engineered Materials Group, Ross has held various roles of progressing responsibility, including vice president of sales and marketing and general manager while in the Engineered Materials Group, and general manager and vice president of operations in the Motion Systems Group.
“I’m very excited to partner with Jenny, Lee and Todd and the entire leadership team as we collaborate to help Parker achieve its goals,” says Ross. “The operational improvements that Tom and Lee have established have led to historic levels of company performance. Yet we still see opportunities, and our plan will be to continue striving for operational excellence across all of our businesses with the support of our engaged and talented global team members.”