Crystal Parrott joins Dematic as vice-president, for the company’s new Robotics Center of Excellence. Parrott brings more than 28 years of robotics and automation experience to the role and will be responsible for leading all robotics initiatives, driving the robotics road map and guiding, coordinating and supporting the generation of robotic solutions. Prior to joining Dematic, Parrott was with Southwest Research Institute, responsible for the development of advanced robotics solutions.
Patrick Hassey has retired from his position on Ryder System Inc’s board of directors after 13 years of dedicated service, effective February 9, 2018. During his years as a director, Hassey has served with diligence and distinction as a member of the compensation and governance committees and as chair of the compensation committee from May 6, 2011 to May 6, 2016. Hassey was previously chairman, president and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (“ATI”). He guided ATI through a strategic transformation and helped build the company into a formidable global competitor. Prior to joining ATI, he served as an outside management consultant following a 36-year career at Alcoa. In addition, Hassey served on the executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the advisory council for the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He is also a board member of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation.
Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies and services for material handling, has appointed Bert Brant into the newly created role of vice-president, global manufacturing operations. Before Columbus McKinnon, Brant was senior vice-president of global operations for Colfax Fluid Handling where he was responsible for global plants and distribution centres in the U.S., EMEA and India since 2014. Prior to that he was vice-president of North American operations for Apex Tool Group. He held other manufacturing and operational leadership roles at Pergo LLC, Rexnord Corporation and Denso Manufacturing, where he was trained by Toyota in Japan on the Toyota Production System. He began his career at Texas Instruments. Brant is a graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in technology.
Kris Lamb has joined uShip as chief technology officer. Previously Lamb served as vice-president and general manager of cloud security at Austin-based Forcepoint. He brings more than 15 years of leadership in engineering, product management, enterprise software, security, cloud/hosting, SMB, and mobility at both public and private companies. Lamb’s initial priorities include continued expansion of Drive4Schenker, the online land transport platform powered by uShip DB Schenker across Europe, as well as growing product and engineering teams to support uShip’s consumer and less-than-truckload (LTL) commercial freight platforms. Before Forcepoint, Lamb was VP of engineering at Bastille Networks and held leadership positions at Arbor Networks (where he was CTO), IBM, and Internet Security Systems. He began his career leading the mission to build, scale, and grow X-Force, Internet Security Systems’ world-renowned security research organization.