Graco Appoints Christian E. Rothe as New Chief Financial Officer

Published on : Thursday, July 9, 2015

graco inc logoGraco Inc. recently announced Christian E. Rothe as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective September 1, 2015. Mr. Rothe succeeds James A. Graner who announced his planned retirement from the Company last year.


“Jim Graner has played a pivotal role in shaping Graco’s business for more than 40 years,” said Graco President and CEO Patrick J. McHale. “His insight, intellect, and character has helped define Graco’s strategies, our culture, and our success. On behalf of Graco’s Board of Directors and shareholders, I thank Jim for his service and innumerable contributions. We wish Jim and his family all the best upon his retirement.”


Mr. Rothe is currently Graco’s Vice President and Treasurer, a role he has held since joining the company in 2011. Prior to his appointment at Graco, Mr. Rothe held a series of finance roles of increasing responsibility at Gardner Denver, Inc., including Vice President and Treasurer, Vice President, Finance – Industrial Products Segment, and Director of Strategic Planning and Development. Gardner Denver, an industrial flow control manufacturer, was a member of the S&P Midcap 400 prior to being acquired by KKR in 2013.

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