May 1, 2011
Gardner Denver Inc has appointed Christopher R Celtruda vice-president of the company and president, Industrial Products Group effective April 26, 2011.

Gardner Denver Inc has appointed Christopher R Celtruda vice-president of the company and president, Industrial Products Group effective April 26, 2011. He will be based in Gardner Denver's global headquarters in Wayne PA. Celtruda previously was employed by CIRCOR International Inc as group vice-president for the global Aerospace Products Group.

OPW, A Dover Company, has named Ann Miller vice-president of human resources, and she will report directly to OPW President David Crouse. Before joining OPW, Miller was the human resource leader for the global supply chain within General Electric's Measurement & Control Solutions.

Mike Williams has joined Heil Trailer International's customer service team as technical service training coordinator, a newly created position. He has more than 30 years of experience in business management and most recently owned and managed M Williams Consulting and Sales, a consulting firm that supplied training to companies in North America.

Eaton Corporation announced that Jim Sahli has been named to the new position of director-global field sales and marketing for the Vehicle Group and will report directly to John Coll, vice-president-global marketing. Most recently, Sahli served as director-field sales and marketing for Truck North America. Eaton also has named Mandar Dighe director-field sales and marketing for Truck North America, and he will report directly to Tim Sinden, president of that division. Dighe recently served as manager, market development and product planning for the Light Duty/Off Highway Transmissions business.

Polar Corporation recently named Samantha Kerry as the company's new director of information technology. Before joining Polar, she was the director of information technology at Allstate Peterbilt for 10 years.

Rush Enterprises Inc has promoted Steven L Keller to senior vice-president, chief financial officer, and treasurer and Derrek Weaver to senior vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. The company also appointed Corey Lowe to the newly created position of senior vice-president of Peterbilt dealerships. Keller has served as vice-president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Rush since 2007. Weaver has served as vice-president and general counsel since 2010. Lowe joined Rush in 1998 and has served as regional manager for the company's North Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee dealerships since 2008.

Xata Corporation has named Scott G Christian as the company's chief financial officer. He was formerly president and chief executive officer of Spanlink Communications Inc, a Minneapolis MN-based Cisco partner.

Grote Industries announced that Robert “Jim” Holmes has accepted the position of southeastern OEM regional sales manager. He has 15 years of experience in OEM sales and support, working most recently as sales manager with SSI Technologies in the sensor arena. Kent Bode will join Grote's aftermarket sales department in two roles: manager of the south central aftermarket region and national account manager for the heavy-duty division. Bode has been with the firm for almost 15 years, most recently in OEM sales. Mark Blackford will become national fleet manager for Grote. He has been with the firm for nearly 20 years and has experience in product development, aftermarket sales management, and national account management. Tom Draper has joined Grote as marketing manager. He brings more than 35 years of experience in leading domestic and international marketing teams and creating business-to-business programs.

Tom Rosser, Ed Bolis, Garrett Funk, and Timothy Oddy have joined Jost International, reporting directly to Rich Carroll, vice-president-sales and marketing. Rosser joins Jost in the newly created position of director of OEM business development. He previously was vice-president, Southern Region for Mill Steel of Birmingham AL. Bolis, Jost's new Northeast regional manager, most recently was district sales manager for Mack Trucks responsible for 13 distributor locations. Funk, Jost's new Northwest regional manager, most recently was West Region manager for The Penray Companies. Oddy, the new Central regional manager, comes to Jost after most recently serving in outside part sales for Central Michigan Kenworth. Jost also has promoted Gary Pothoff to director of service and warranty.

Penske Logistics has named Paulo Sarti managing director for South American operations, and he will be based in São Paulo, Brazil. A Penske employee since 2004, Sarti was most recently senior director of operations. He succeeds Bill Scroggie, who has returned to the United States to serve as the company's senior vice-president of operations for the Central region.