CLEVELAND, Ohio, U.S.A., September 15, 2005 -- Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) has appointed Michael Whitehead as Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property. In this new position, Mr. Whitehead will have responsibility for managing Lincoln Electric's global intellectual property and related issues. He will report to the Company's General Counsel.
Mr. Whitehead joins Lincoln from Calfee, Halter and Griswold LLP, where he was a patent attorney with the firm's intellectual property practice in its Cleveland office. Prior to joining Calfee, he was patent counsel at Sughrue Mion, LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm specializing in intellectual property.
Mr. Whitehead earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce College in Concord, New Hampshire.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has operations, manufacturing alliances and joint ventures in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. The Company is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. For more information about Lincoln Electric, its products and services, visit the Company's Web site at www.lincolnelectric.com.