Hammerhead Trenchless names new managing director

By Jenny Lescohier19 February 2021

Jeff Gabrielse, managing director, Hammerhead Trenchless

HammerHead Trenchless announces Jeff Gabrielse has been named managing director, assuming leadership of the HammerHead brand within the newly formed Rehabilitation and Replacement (“R&R”) division of The Toro Company.

Kevin Smith, past president of HammerHead Trenchless, has transitioned to a new role within The Toro Company as general manager of the Ditch Witch Division.

Gabrielse will be overseeing the HammerHead R&R business, continuing its focus on delivering trenchless equipment and solutions for the water, wastewater and gas markets.

“The rehabilitation and replacement of underground utility infrastructure is so important in the life cycle of the pipe,” said Angie Drake, vice president, construction, of The Toro Company. “Jeff’s skills, knowledge and experience in the underground construction industry make him a perfect fit to drive the future growth of the HammerHead R&R business for The Toro Company family of brands.”

Gabrielse has experience in leadership positions within the Charles Machine Works (CMW), having most recently served as director, customer services, for Subsite Electronics and HammerHead Trenchless. In this role, he managed all customer support, product support, training, applications specialists and professional services.

Gabrielse began his career with HammerHead in 2008 as a regional sales manager. In 2017, he transferred to CMW’s then-owned MTI Equipment to be the sales and purchasing manager and was subsequently promoted to general manager prior to the sale of that business in 2019, after which he rejoined the HammerHead leadership team.

“This is an exciting time for HammerHead and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead the organisation,” said Gabrielse. “HammerHead is uniquely positioned to serve the growing need to address deteriorating underground utility infrastructure through its combination of rehabilitation and replacement product offerings.”

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