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Protolabs Announces CEO Succession Plan

Vicki Holt is retiring after leading the company for the past seven years.

Vicki Holt is retiring after leading the company for the past seven years.

Protolabs reports that its board of directors has unanimously elected Robert Bodor to succeed Vicki Holt as the company’s president and chief executive officer effective March 1, 2021. Holt is retiring after leading the company for the past seven years. Holt will remain CEO during this transition time and continue to serve on the board through May 2021.

Rob Bodor, VP & GM, Americas, Protolabs

“I am excited to announce that the Protolabs Board of Directors has named Rob as our next CEO,” says Holt. “Rob has been instrumental in building Protolabs into what it is today. Since joining the company, Rob has held a variety of leadership roles, including overseeing our largest region since 2015. He has more than doubled the revenue of the Americas’ business during his tenure and played an instrumental role in expanding the company’s services into 3D printing and sheet metal fabrication. Rob is a very strategic business leader and a great leader of people. His passion and commitment will continue to serve Protolabs well.”

Bodor, with more than 20 years of leadership experience, has served as Protolabs’ vice president and general manager of the Americas for the past 6 years. During his tenure at Protolabs, he has also served as chief technology officer and leader of the company’s business development and product development functions. Before joining Protolabs in 2012, Bodor held progressive leadership roles at Honeywell and McKinsey.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve our employees, our customers, and our shareholders,” says Bodor. “I want to thank Vicki for her support and guidance over the past seven years, and I am excited about Protolabs’ future and what we can accomplish. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the world’s foremost digital manufacturing service provider that’s helping accelerate product innovation and supply chain optimization across many industries. My commitment is to inspire our incredible team of employees and deliver value for our customers and shareholders. I look forward to working with Protolabs’ executive team as we continue to drive the success of this company.”

“The Protolabs board is excited about what Rob brings to the CEO role,” adds Archie Black, Protolabs’ chairman of the board. This transition follows a carefully planned succession process and Rob is the right person to lead the company. He has a track record of outstanding performance with great people leadership throughout his career. The board congratulates Rob on his promotion and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

“We also want to extend our thanks to Vicki for her exceptional leadership as CEO over the last seven years,” Black continues “It has been a period of remarkable growth and expansion for Protolabs. She continuously improved all aspects of the company’s operations while being a compassionate leader and developing a winning culture. All of this helped drive exceptional revenue growth and returns for our shareholders. Protolabs’ revenue increased by more than 165 percent and market capitalization grew by more than $1.8 billion during her leadership. We congratulate Vicki on her outstanding performance and thank her for building Protolabs into a world-class organization.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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