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Scott Blackford has been promoted to president of TODCO in Marion OH. His career with the firm has spanned 31 years, with his most recent position as vice-president of sales and marketing.

Eaton Corporation has named Paolo Baretta director and controller-Vehicle Group for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and he will be located in Turin, Italy. Baretta joins Eaton from Isola Group Sarl, where he was most recently the European vice-president of finance. Nanda Kumar has been named president-EMEA for the Vehicle Group, effective July 1, and he also will be based in Turin. He succeeds Joao Faria, who was named regional president-Americas, for Eaton's Hydraulics Group. Kumar previously served in the firm's automotive business as plant manager for facilities in Roxboro NC and Massa, Italy, and general manager for the valve and valve actuation business. Howard Liu has been named president-Asia Pacific for the Vehicle Group, effective July 1, and will be based in Shanghai, China. He succeeds Dave Bennett, who will return to the United States to a new Eaton position. Liu joined the firm in 2006 as general manager-hydraulics operations, greater China for the Hydraulics Group. Eaton has named Gerard DeVito director-engineering for the Vehicle Group's Hybrid Power Systems Division. He will continue to be based in Galesburg MI. Most recently, he was director-Global Engineering Centers of Excellence for the Vehicle Group.

Havis Inc announced that Robert Simpson has joined the firm as Western Territory regional sales manager. He comes to Havis from Grace Industries and has 10 years of outside sales experience selling software and hardware to the public safety market.

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