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R-O-M Corp has promoted Steve Briggs to chief executive officer; he will also maintain his duties as president. Jeff Hupke will now serve as chief operating officer in addition to his chief financial officer responsibilities. Briggs, who joined the firm in 2004, was promoted to president in 2006. He succeeds John R McAlister, who remains the company's chairman. Hupke joined the company as CFO in 2005.

Jeff Zawacki is the new general manager of the Hendrickson Bumper and Trim business unit in Joliet IL A 13-year veteran of Hendrickson, he most recently served as director of marketing and engineering for bumper and trim since 2003. Sean Coleman has taken on duties as director of marketing in addition to overseeing program management for Hendrickson Truck Systems Group. A 14-year veteran of Hendrickson, Coleman served as director of truck OEM sales for the past three years.

George Hall has joined Arctic Snowplow's sales team and will be based in the firm's London, Ontario, office. Besides owning his own business, Hall has held senior sales management positions with Pickseed, Walker Equipment, and Ariens.

Austin Hardware & Supply Inc has hired Shane Webb as territory sales manager for Canada. He brings 16 years of sales experience to Austin, the past seven in Canada's transportation industry. Four people have been added to the company's inside sales staff. Michelle D Kopicz, who has more than 12 years' experience in customer service, will work from the company's Reading PA location. Kent Kysar, a decorated United States Air Force veteran who has served as a mortgage consultant since 2001, will work from the Atlanta GA location. Steve Stones, with eight years' experience in sales and customer service, will work from the company's Lee's Summit MO location. Mathew Gibreal, previously an account manager with Applied Industrial Technologies, will also work from the Lee's Summit office.

Accuride Corp. has promoted Leigh Wright to senior vice-president of Accuride Wheels. The company also has hired Edward Gulda as senior vice-president of Brillion and Gunite.

Wright previously served as Accuride's vice-president of steel wheels. Gulda most recently served as principal for Kinnick Group LLC, a business-consulting firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, and business turnarounds. He replaces Robert Nida, who departed Accuride to pursue other career opportunities.

Eaton Corp. has named Dave Bennett vice-president and general manager for the Truck Group's new Asia-Pacific division, where he will be responsible for all operations and growth initiatives. He most recently was general manager Light- and Medium-Duty Transmission Division for Europe and Asia. Dimitri Kazarinoff will fill the newly established role of general manager for emerging technologies and business development. He served most recently as the director of engineering for the Heavy-Duty Transmission Division. John Coll will move into the Truck Group's newly established role of vice-president-sales. He had been general manager for the Truck Group's Aftermarket and Vehicle Solutions Division since 2003.

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