New board appointments at Rockwell Automation

04 February 2011

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New board appointments at Rockwell AutomationThe board of directors of Rockwell Automation, Inc has elected two new corporate officers to lead the company's two operating segments from 1 April 2011. Blake Moret is being promoted to senior vice president of the Control Products and Solutions (CP&S) segment, and Frank Kulaszewicz (pictured) is being promoted to senior vice president of the Architecture and Software (A&S) segment.

Both will report to Keith Nosbusch, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, who said: "Frank and Blake are proven leaders in our organization. They are well qualified for these critical roles.

"Our leadership team is a competitive advantage that differentiates Rockwell Automation. These appointments are a natural next step in our continued globalisation, and are consistent with our longer-term succession planning and leadership development processes.

"In anticipation that our business will continue to grow more quickly outside the United States – with our fastest growth coming from the Asia Pacific region – Frank will be based in Singapore and will run the A&S segment from there. As we continue to grow our people, our teams, our partners and our business in Asia Pacific, we must ensure we are building our leadership capability and strengthening our cross-cultural competency."

For the last three years, Kulaszewicz has served as vice president and general manager of the Control and Visualisation Business within A&S. He has worked at Rockwell Automation for over 25 years and has held several key leadership roles in the drive systems and standard drives businesses.

Since late 2007, Moret has served as vice president and general manager of Customer Support and Maintenance in CP&S. He has broad global experience working across the company in sales, services and product groups for over 25 years. He also brings a global mindset to the senior leadership team, having served in roles in Europe and Canada.

Capitalising on the strengths of the current senior leadership team, Steve Eisenbrown is being appointed senior vice president of Strategic Development, responsible for global business development, alignment of strategic investments and initiatives as well as the company's multi-year global business process transformation project.

Nosbusch states: "Steve has made significant contributions to Rockwell Automation for over 35 years in various roles, most recently as senior vice president, Architecture and Software. His breadth of business and customer knowledge and passion for driving results will continue to be a tremendous asset in the ongoing execution of our global growth and performance strategy."

Bob Ruff, most recently senior vice president of CP&S, is being appointed president of the company's Asia Pacific Region. This is one of the fastest growing regions of the company with approximately 30 per cent sales growth in fiscal 2010.

Nosbusch states: "With 35 years of service, Bob is one of our most accomplished and experienced executives, with an extensive sales management, business and regional leadership background. He is charged with accelerating growth in this important region and building relationships with key customers and partners."

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