Recent appointment sees Robert Bunting follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father
ROBERT Bunting has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father with his appointment as Bunting’s president and chief executive officer. On 1 October 2022, Robert succeeded his father, Bob Bunting, in overseeing the continued growth of the global Bunting group. Bob Bunting (right of photo) has now assumed the position of chairman.
Bunting are one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators, metal detectors, materials handling magnets, magnet assemblies, and magnetizing equipment. The company, headquartered in Newton, Kansas, in the US, has multiple locations including Bunting Elk Grove Village, Bunting DuBois, Bunting Berkhamsted and Bunting Redditch in the UK, and Ningbo, China.
Founded in 1959 by Walter F. Bunting in Chicago, Illinois, the company has remained family owned and operated ever since. Walter’s Bunting’s son, Bob, was appointed president of the company in 1993 and over his 29 years as president and chief executive officer he oversaw international expansion of the company and a three-fold increase in sales.
Robert Bunting (left of photo), whose recent appointment as president and chief executive officer continues the family legacy, joined Bunting’s Elk Grove Village magnet sales team in 2007. In 2009, he moved into external sales covering the Illinois and Wisconsin areas and focusing on material handling, metal detection, and magnetic separation. Under his management, sales in the territory grew by 25% and led to his appointment as global product manager for metal detection in 2014, where his responsibilities ranged from product development through to sales growth.
After the successful development of the metal detector product range, Robert Bunting was appointed general manager of Bunting Elk Grove Village in 2016, including the online retail website BuyMagnets.com. As general manager, he oversaw magnet inventory management, the identification and introduction of new magnetic products, such as the N-40 and N-52 grades of neodymium, and the development of digital marketing strategies for online sales, including the introduction of a new website.
Commenting on his new role, Robert Bunting said: ‘Bunting’s position as a successful, well-respected global business is due to the tireless work of my grandfather and father. Despite being located on different continents, the Bunting Group is one company and all our incredible employees are fundamental to our success. We have developed established strategic global partnerships with suppliers and customers, which I aim to support and expand. I am both excited and honoured to be entrusted with taking the company forward as president and CEO.’