Harald Suchanka, CEO Handtmann Filling & Portioning Systems (F&P), is announcing the retirement of Tom Kittle, effective March 31, 2023, and the appointment of Patrick McGady as president of Handtmann Inc. as of April 1, 2023.

“Under the leadership of Tom Kittle, Handtmann [Inc.] has grown to become an integral part of our global success over the past 14.5 years [...] while its role as a key player in the food processing industry of North America was further strengthened. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Tom for his outstanding achievements and best wishes for a well-deserved retirement,” comments Suchanka.  “Patrick has been working closely with Tom to build on our Handtmann performance culture that is so important to the success of our customers. He possesses deep market knowledge, respected senior management skills, and a clear strategic vision for the continued growth and success of Handtmann [...] Inc.” 

Patrick McGady, new president of Handtmann Inc.Patrick McGady, new president of Handtmann Inc. Photo taken by Handtmann Inc.


McGady is a senior sales and marketing professional with extensive experience in inside and field sales, sales management, corporate management and international marketing, which was gained during his more-than-18 years with Handtmann. In his previous role as vice president of sales and marketing, McGady saw the expansion of Handtmann from meat specialist to a more diverse range of processing sectors, including bakery, pet food, alternative proteins and dairy. He has managed the company’s growth in sales and initiated the successful development of marketing and communications segmentation strategies. 

“Patrick’s appointment concludes an extensive selection process. He understands our corporate values, has driven our vision, and brings bold leadership skills that make him the perfect senior executive to succeed Tom and grow our global Handtmann business in the U.S.,” says Suchanka.  

As a family business in which the 5th Handtmann generation has recently taken over the company management, it is important for Handtmann to offer opportunities for development to its top performers.

The U.S.A. is a key market for Handtmann, and the goals for the future are ambitious. The appointment of Patrick also ensures continuity in the business development of Handtmann Inc. 

“I am honored to now lead this company,” says McGady. “We are a group of innovative professionals with [industry-leading] technologies and a powerful commitment to growth and the success of our customers. I will work together with our Handtmann team, our partners, and our customers to achieve even greater successes.” 

Source: Handtmann Inc.