Personnel changes for companies: Timken Co., Ecology Coatings Inc., Ener1 Inc., Nobel Automotive Group and Pittsburgh Glass Works.
TIMKEN CO. — Brian Ruel, 48, to the new position of vice president of light-vehicle systems. Since September 2007, he had been director of the light-vehicle sales team and, before that, director of quality for Timken's automotive business.
Timken, of Canton, Ohio, makes bearings and other power transmission products.
ECOLOGY COATINGS INC. — James Orchard, Sally Judith Weine Ramsey and Daniel Rempinski to the board of directors.
Orchard is CEO of Mark IV Industries. Ramsey is the founder of Ecology Coatings and the company's vice president of new product development and chief chemist. Rempinski is controller of SmithGroup Inc.
Ecology Coatings, of suburban Detroit, develops and licenses solvent-free ultraviolet curable coatings for the automotive and other industries.
ENER1 INC. — Thomas Goesch, 55, to president of the new transportation group. He had worked at supplier Delphi Corp. in automotive electronics.
Goesch's new position reflects a restructuring at Ener1. The New York parent of EnerDel, an Indianapolis maker of lithium ion batteries, has divided itself into three segments: transportation, utility grid and small-format products.
Among other changes:
• Naoki Ota, 44, to EnerDel chief technology officer from COO;
• Rick Stanley, 55, to Ener1 COO, in addition to his former title of EnerDel president; and
• Jeffrey Seidel, 48, to Ener1 CFO from corporate strategy chief.
NOBEL AUTOMOTIVE GROUP — Larry Denton to president.
Nobel, which makes fuel lines and has its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit, is a French unit of Turkish conglomerate Orhan Holding A.S.
Orhan CEO Murat Orhan had been running Nobel before Denton's appointment.
Denton, 60, has been working as an independent consultant since 2008, when he left Dura Automotive Systems Inc. As CEO, he had steered the maker of door modules and cables through a 20-month bankruptcy restructuring.
Before joining Dura in 2003, Denton was president of Dow Automotive for seven years. Before that, he spent 24 years at Ford Motor Co. in a variety of management positions.
Nobel, created when Orhan acquired its assets from Dana Holding Corp. in 2007, has $189 million in revenue and 1,535 employees, according to its Web site.
PITTSBURGH GLASS WORKS — Richard Corliss to the new position of director of quality. He had been director of engineering and quality at Tinnerman Palnut Engineered Products and, before that, manager of quality and technology for Alcoa Wheel and Forged Products.
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