Movers and Shakers
Jun. 5, 2015 - Omron’s Automation and Safety business in the Americas is welcoming Robert (Robb) M. Black to the position of president and COO. He brings with him an “extensive background” in industrial automation and experience from leadership positions at Honeywell, Turck and Rockwell Automation.
May 26, 2015 - FreePoint Technologies has been awarded the 2015 Techcellence Award for Innovation, an annual award presented by TechAlliance to a company in Southwestern Ontario that “develops new technologies that change the way business is done, or uses technology to solve an existing problem in an innovative way.”
May 19, 2015 - Eisele Connectors — a subsidiary of Eisele Pneumatics GmbH & Co. KG, a supplier of all-metal connectors — is actively expanding into the North American market, naming its first sales director for the region.
May 4, 2015 - Vinesh Kumar is joining Carlo Gavazzi as an account manager for the Alberta region, bringing with him more than a decade of sales experience in automation and electrical products.
May 4, 2015 - Effective July 1, 2015, Paul Cooke (left in photo) has been appointed regional president Americas and president & CEO of Bosch Rexroth U.S. He will continue as senior vice-president sales within the business unit industrial applications at office headquarters in Lohr, Germany, until the end of June.
Apr. 14, 2015 - Omega Plastics, a producer of custom thermoplastic extruded products, has appointed Scott Gardner to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
April 14, 2015 - Global automotive supplier Denso has announced changes to its North American executive management team, which the company says supports its expansion and growth in the region.
Apr. 9, 2015 - Schneider Electric announced today that Juan Macias has been named its Canada president, reporting to Laurent Vernerey, North American president and CEO. In his new role as country president, he will “continue to elevate Schneider Electric’s presence in Canada as a leader in energy management and automation solutions,” said the company.
Mar. 31, 2015 - EOS, a global manufacturer for high-end additive manufacturing solutions, has named Glynn Fletcher president of EOS North America.
Mar. 12, 2015 – Craig McDonnell has been named vice-president and general manager of the automation and control business within TE Industrial. In his new role, McDonnell is responsible for the business globally, and will report to Thomas Schmidt, TE Industrial president.
Mar. 12, 2015 - Hammond Manufacturing is welcoming Andreas Sobotta, an “experienced new talent,” as its vice-president North American sales and marketing, said the company, adding that it is focusing on “significant long-term growth” in both Canada and the United States.  
Mar. 4, 2015 - Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote various U.S. executives to posts in Japan.
Mar. 4, 2015 - Wago has appointed Ron Bin to the role of field application engineer for Ontario, where he will facilitate the transfer of technical application information to customers and distributors in the region.
Mar. 4, 2015 - After 37 years at Motion Industries — a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts — chair Bill Stevens announced his plans to retire this month. Tim Breen, president and CEO, will succeed Stevens in leading the business.
Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Blundell will now lead KSB Group’s American operations, while continuing to serve as president of KSB’s Canadian subsidiary, where he will align the “management and strategy in the two North American countries,” said the company.

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