Rogerio Branco has been appointed senior vice president, corporate supply chain management at Eaton, effective February 1. He succeeds Pavan Pattada who was recently named president, Truck North America. Branco has more than 20 years of Eaton experience. Most recently, he held the position of director of operations, vehicle group, South America, managing all aspects of operations and supply chain management. He had previously served as the group’s director, supply chain management. Earlier in his career, Branco served as plant manager in the Vehicle Group’s Truck operations in Pune, India, and as a product line manager in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. He joined Eaton in 1993. Branco holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration in finance management.
Vincent Halma takes over as president and CEO of KION North America Corporation. He succeeds Brian Butler, who is leaving the KION Group at his own request in order to pursue new opportunities outside the company. Halma was the company’s chief sales officer. Before moving to Summerville, Halma held the roles of managing director in the Netherlands and vice-president of sales for Western Europe at STILL GmbH. Originally from the Netherlands, he also spent more than ten years in the United States working for a provider of cargo solutions. Butler became president of Linde North America Corporation in 2005. One of the world’s two largest suppliers of forklift trucks, warehouse technology and associated services, the KION Group recently reached a first significant milestone in North America when Linde North America Corporation was renamed KION North America Corporation officially at the beginning of this year.
Kevin Drummond assumes the role of director, sales & marketing in Applied Robotics, Inc‘s Glenville, NY headquarters, responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities. Drummond brings 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing to Applied Robotics, encompassing hands-on technical sales as well as marketing strategy, channel management, business development and marketing communications. Most recently, Kevin worked as the vice-president of sales and marketing for a $20M enterprise that specializes in high flex life cabling for harsh environments.
Mjolner Shipping LLC has appointed Kevin Wise as CEO. Wise, a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with over 14 years’ experience in the shipping industry, joined Mjolner as president and COO in March of 2013. He will retain the role of President along with CEO. Robert Lyons, the company’s CEO since inception, will assume the role of board chairman. Jonathan Jackson, currently a vice-president, has been named the company’s chief commercial officer.