Page 12 PeoPle in the news SCS Names New President and CEO

Indianapolis, IN — Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) has named Tim Bender its new president and CEO. Mr. Bender replaces retiring Terry Bush, who has been the president and CEO since 2008. Mr. Bender began his career in hu- man resources at an SCS sister company in 1995, before transferring to SCS corporate headquarters in 2000. In 2003 he took over responsibility for the company’s marketing department and joined the executive leadership team in 2006. Mr. Bush and Mr. Bender have worked closely together for 20 years, driving the vision and growth strategies of SCS, along with other members of the leadership team. Web:

ELANTAS Announces Two New VPs

St. Louis, MO — ELANTAS PDG has promoted Susanne McHale to the posi- tion of VP of operations. She began with the company in 1983, operating the pilot plant for several years before moving into process engineering. Ms. McHale will now be responsible for quality control, quality assurance and all operations in St. Louis and Olean. ELANTAS has also hired Jan Behnke as VP — commercial and technology. He brings 32 years of industry experience to the position and is responsible for leading the sales, business development, marketing, customer service, and technology development teams. Web:

Inovar Hires Vice President of Quality

North Logan, UT — Inova, Inc., has hired Jeremy Grubb as its vice president of quality. In this role, Mr. Grubb will be responsible for overseeing Inovar’s quality management system, as well as leading the continuous improvement program, security and compliance departments, and document control group. He comes to the company from L3Harris, after more than 12 years of leader- ship positions in supply chain, operations, quality, and most recently, director of supplier quality for L3Harris’ broadband communications sector in Salt Lake City. Prior to these positions, Mr. Grubb taught operations management and supply chain management at the University of Utah and Weber State. Web:

R&S Director of DPI Elected to

German IT Cluster Board Leipzig, Germany — German industry network Cluster IT Mitteldeutschland e.V. members have elected Rohde & Schwarz’ (R&S) Stephen Klokow, director of deep packet inspection, to the cluster’s board of directors. Mr. Klokow will sup- port the IT security committee and promote the activities of the association with the goal of networking and representing IT companies in central Germany. He plans to educate the public about network security and point out practical and useful cybersecurity approaches. His responsibilities also include evaluating staff recruitment and staff development within the IT sector in central Germany, as well as developing sustainable measures for procuring skilled workers. Web:

Innovative Circuits Promotes for

Plant Manager Alpharetta, GA — Innovative Circuits. Inc., (ICI) has promoted Chris LaCroix to plant manager. In his new role, Mr. LaCroix will oversee all plant opera- tions. All department managers will report directly to him. According to the company, Mr. LaCroix has been a valuable asset. During his career prior to Innovative Circuits, he oversaw the operations of two prominent northeast circuit board facilities. He brings 25 years of industry experience to the posi- tion. ICI is a fabricator of high-reliability PCBs, specializing in complex, quick-turn manufacturing of rigid, rigid-flex and flex circuits. Web:

NKK Switches NA Names New President

Scottsdale, AZ — NKK Switches has introduced Hirokuni Hibi as president of its North American operations. The appointment is a result of the company’s commitment to providing engineered switch solutions and maintaining quali- ty standards in the Americas. An experienced executive, Mr. Hibi spent 18 years in the Americas and 19 years in Japanese markets, most recently serv- ing as both a board member and executive vice president at Olympus Cana- da, Inc. For nearly 70 years, NKK has provided high-quality HMI products and services for critical applications around the world. Web:

RAMPF Replaces Management Team

Wangen, Germany — RAMPF Machine Systems CEO team of Thomas Altmann and Dirk Haumann have been succeeded by Marc Dizdarevic and Stefan Foroutan. Mr. Dizdarevic is a trained mechanical engineer who began working with RAMPF as a design engineer. Recently, he was head of technology, con- struction and development and in his new position will be responsible for tech- nology and sales. Mr. Foroutan has been head of quality management at the company since 2016 and is currently working on his doctorate in business admin- istration. He will now be responsible for quality management and operations. Web:

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