SUN Automation Group Adds Two To Senior Leadership Team

Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group (SUN) has announced two promotions within its organization to expand its Senior Leadership Team. Aaron Schlothauer, above left, has been promoted to VP of Engineering, and Gokul Gopakumar, right, has been promoted to VP of Technology and Business Development. Both will support SUN’s relentless commitment to provide the highest level of technology and services to its customers. 

“Adding Aaron & Gokul to our Senior Leadership Team strengthens our entire organization and gives SUN tremendous momentum and stability for many years to come,” says Chris Kyger, President at SUN. “Aaron and Gokul continue to exceed my expectations with their intellect, dedication, and passion to drive innovation and continuous improvement across the entire organization. Their desire and ability to connect with and mentor their colleagues and peers puts my confidence level in our leadership team at an all-time high.”

Aaron will lead SUN’s global engineering operations, he will oversee production & retrofit engineering, new product development, and innovation. With over 15 years of industry experience, including previously serving as the Director of Product Development at SUN, Aaron’s depth of product knowledge combined with his technical, design, and application expertise will provide SUN’s customers with the assurance that the equipment they receive will help them exceed their production goals.

Gokul will lead SUN’s technology development & implementation and business development activities. Gokul will continue to develop and lead Helios, SUN’s OEM-agnostic IIoT solution designed by corrugated experts for the corrugated industry. “Gokul’s previous experience as the Senior Director of Electrical Engineering at Sun and his extended experience spanning 10 years of designing, maintaining, and innovating solutions in different capacities in industries including Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, and power infrastructure is an asset that will allow him to continue to serve as an innovation leader at Sun Automation. In this new role, Gokul will be identifying, and bringing to Sun’s repertoire new disruptive technologies, product ideas and business opportunities that will grow Sun’s ability to continue serving its customers as the industry-leading provider of solutions for the box plant today and in the future.”

“Aaron and Gokul have demonstrated great collaboration with our customers, integrating the Voice of the Customer along with their own creative expertise into solutions that bring great value to box making operations,” said Greg Jones, Executive Vice President at SUN. “I have personally witnessed, on many occasions, the confidence they give our customers in our ability to improve their operational efficiencies. We, as an organization, are very excited for Gokul and Aaron and look forward to how this will ultimately benefit our customers and the industry at large.”

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