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Uwe Kirchner

Group Executive, Fire & Safety/Diversified

Uwe joined IDEX in 1995 when the company acquired LUKAS Hydraulik GmbH of Germany. As President of the Rescue Group, which also includes HURST Jaws of Life®, he helped make IDEX the world’s largest maker of emergency rescue tools.

He began leading the Fire & Safety segment in 2016 as a group president. IDEX Fire & Safety businesses are a group of diverse, specialty manufacturers of highly engineered solutions that solve mission-critical problems within fire and safety, fire suppression, rescue, and municipal markets. They include brands that are recognized and trusted by fire and rescue professionals worldwide, enabling first responders to save lives.

His role expanded in 2019 as he became Group Executive for IDEX Fire & Safety / Diversified Products, helping to develop global platforms for all segments, including BAND-IT® banded clamps, and Fast & Fluid and Fluid Management paint tinting solutions. Uwe is responsible for developing a global product strategy with local adaption in our main markets of America, Europe, China and India.

Among the many product developments under his leadership, teams at LUKAS and HURST have created the eDRAULIC® line of battery powered rescue tools, an innovation in the fire and rescue industry that makes the tools lighter and easier to use.

Uwe received a diploma for international marketing and finance from the Fachhochschule Nuremberg, which is equivalent to an MBA. He resides in a suburb of Erlangen, Germany and has one daughter.