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Optima Machinery Names John Groth as Vice President Pharma

Groth’s appointment further strengthens the Optima Group’s pharmaceutical position in the U.S. and sets the stage for continued growth.

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John Groth is now serving as vice president Pharma USA at Optima Machinery. His appointment at the U.S. subsidiary based in Green Bay, Wisc., further strengthens the Optima Group’s pharmaceutical position in the U.S. and sets the stage for continued growth.

“It feels like coming home,” says Groth, who after seven years with another manufacturer, has returned to Optima as vice president Pharma USA. North America is an important and growing market for Optima, especially for the pharmaceuticals business unit. Reflecting the sustained high demand in the sector for machines, systems, and services, Optima is pressing ahead with the strategic expansion of its regional organizations.

“We are very pleased to have John Groth, an experienced manager who is very familiar with the specific needs of the pharmaceutical industry and Optima,” says Gerhard Breu, chairman of the Optima Pharma Division. “It shows that we take our partnership with our customers seriously and that we are doing all we can to continue to expand our market leadership in North America.”

Groth will be responsible for managing all areas of Optima's Pharma Business Unit in the U.S. “I am very eager to be leading a group of highly talented experts and friends toward new success," says Groth. “We continue to grow our presence and lay the foundations for expanding our portfolio.” For him, empowerment of a great team is the prerequisite for achieving great results.

Along with more than 13 years of experience in aseptic processing, Groth brings more than 20 years of commercial finance experience. He recently received his master’s degree in law from Northwestern University Law School and has degrees in business administration and finance. “I understand our history and see the future, which for Optima is indeed very bright.”


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