Admix Inc., a Londonderry, N.H., manufacturer of hygienic and industrial mixing equipment serving the food, beverage and other industries, said it appointed Mike Rizzo CEO. He succeeds the company’s founder and CEO Lou Beaudette, whose retirement commenced January 2020.

Admix said Rizzo has spent his career focused on corporate growth and expansion while implementing operational excellence practices at the manufacturing and distribution companies he has led. He has served on Admix’s board of directors since 2017 and has been instrumental in recent months in consulting with the company to develop its growth strategy plan.

Most recently, Rizzo was CEO at Artel Video Systems, another 100% employee-owned company, Admix said. Prior that, he was president of the U.S. operations of Cylon Energy and president/managing director of the U.S. subsidiary for Schleuniger Inc., a division of the Switzerland-based Schleuniger Group. Rizzo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Admix said.

“It is an honor to succeed Lou, who founded Admix with a goal to help customers make significant improvements to their processing efficiencies with advanced mixing technologies,” said Rizzo. “I am proud to serve as the next CEO of Admix, and I look forward working with our talented employees and channel partners to continue to build on that momentum.”

Beaudette, who had held the position of CEO since 1989, will remain chairman of the board, Admix said.

“While retiring from a company I feel so passionately about is not an easy decision, I am confident that Mike  is the right leader to drive Admix forward into another exciting phase of major growth,” said Beaudette. “He excels at strategic leadership, market expansion, product development, manufacturing and operations, which will greatly aid him in executing our strategies.”