YKK AP America Hires John Lutes to Lead Technology and Business Solutions Group

AUSTELL, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2020) YKK AP America has hired John Lutes as the director of its technology and business solutions group. Lutes will now lead strategy development, execution and planning of the information technology future of YKK AP. 

Lutes brings more than 25 years of technology experience to this position. Most recently, he served as a senior leader in information technology at Georgia Pacific, where he led transformational change by managing value-based enterprise projects to improve overall quality of IT deliverables through a focus on life cycle management, business need alignment, value assessment, and aligned prioritization.

At YKK AP, Lutes will leverage his knowledge and leadership to strengthen customer, employee, and peer-to-peer connectivity and interaction as well as system solutions to enhance the company’s operational excellence. 

“We have made significant strides as a company in transforming the way we leverage technology solutions to enhance operational excellence,” said Oliver Stepe, president of YKK AP America Inc. ”John’s deep IT leadership experience combined with his data-driven approach to technology and business systems teams will further our commitment to improving YKK AP’s long-term success through innovative solutions.”

“It is clear that YKK AP is committed to critical thinking and innovation at every level,” said Lutes. I am incredibly proud to bring my talents to a company and to a team where I can create business value through innovation in technology.”


YKK AP America Inc. is a technology-oriented manufacturer of commercial façade systems and residential doors and windows. With every finished good, we push the boundaries in next generation manufacturing and create value for architectural applications. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, YKK AP America builds upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and customer focus to deliver the highest level of quality and a positive customer experience. YKK AP America’s subsidiary brand, Erie Architectural Products partners with glazing contractors to design, test and engineer solutions for large-scale projects using its ENVIRO|FACADES curtain wall systems. YKK AP America is headquartered in Austell, Ga., with subsidiary Erie Architectural Products located in Lakeshore, Ont. All building products are manufactured in our world-class production facilities located in Dublin, Ga., Macon, Ga. and Lakeshore, Ont.  For more information, visit ykkap.com and follow us on Linkedin.com.


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