Piqua, Ohio – The Board of Directors of The French Oil Mill Machinery Company, a renowned equipment manufacturing company, is pleased to announce the election of Tayte French Lutz as Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during their meeting held on September 21, 2023. Tayte French Lutz, who previously served as Vice President of the company, will now lead the organization as its CEO, succeeding her father, Daniel P. French. Dan French maintains his role as Chairman of the Board.
Tayte French Lutz represents the fourth generation of leadership within the French family, continuing the legacy of innovation and excellence that has been synonymous with the company since its establishment in 1900. Her election as Vice Chair and CEO signifies a seamless transition of leadership within the company, as she steps into the role with a deep understanding of the organization’s history, values, and vision.
Tayte, a graduate of Tulane University and the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program, joined the family business in 2010 as Marketing Coordinator after years of working in the fashion industry. Throughout her tenure at French, she has played a pivotal role in various aspects of the business, from marketing, brand management and community involvement to operations and strategic planning. Her dedication to continuous learning and improvement, the company’s growth, and her unwavering commitment to preserving its core values have earned her the trust and confidence of the Board of Directors and the organization.
In her new role as CEO, Tayte French Lutz will continue to uphold the company’s longstanding reputation for excellence in the design, manufacturing, and servicing of hydraulic presses, oilseed and polymer processing equipment, and more. Under her direction, French Oil Mill Machinery Company remains committed to partnership, customer satisfaction, innovation, and product quality.
Tayte French Lutz expressed her enthusiasm for her new role, stating, “I am deeply honored to take on the position of Vice Chair and CEO at French Oil Mill Machinery Company. I am excited to build upon the strong foundation established by my family and predecessors, while continuing to drive innovative solutions to our industry. Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products and services to our customers, and I am committed to preserving the values that have defined our company for over a century.”
Dan French, the Chairman of the Board and outgoing CEO, expressed his confidence in Tayte’s abilities, saying, “I firmly believe that Tayte will shine in her new role as CEO. She has shown outstanding dedication and leadership throughout her employment with the company, and I am excited to see her guide French Oil Mill Machinery Company into a new era of success.”
The Board of Directors and the entire French Oil Mill Machinery Company team extend their congratulations to Tayte French Lutz on her election as Vice Chair and CEO. They look forward to a prosperous future under her leadership.