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Rockwell Automation appoints new head of corporate strategy and development


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Rockwell Automation has announced the appointment of Veena Lakkundi the position of senior vice-president of corporate strategy and development, effective from Nov. 1. Lakkundi will report to Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of the company.

Lakkundi comes to Rockwell from 3M, where she has served in several roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she was the senior vice-president and chief strategy officer, as well as interim leader of technology, transformation and services.

“Veena has a track record of building world-class global teams and businesses while delivering great outcomes for customers and stakeholders,” said Moret. “Her experience in strategy, research and development, sales, and marketing make her a great addition to our leadership team as we find ways to increase our value to customers. I am delighted to welcome Veena to Rockwell.”

Lakkundi is taking over from Elik Fooks, the current senior vice-president of corporate development, who is set to retire.

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“I’m excited to join the Rockwell team and oversee all strategic planning and inorganic development activities across the company,” said Lakkundi. “Rockwell has already accomplished so much as a leader in industrial automation and digital transformation, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to help in driving the company forward.”

Commenting on Fooks’ departure, Moret said that he had an incredible impact on the company during his long and successful career. Fooks recently created a corporate development team that is helping Rockwell execute its strategy.


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