The VIPAR Heavy Duty board of directors has named Chris Baer president of VHD Equipment Network LLC, a separate buying group wholly owned by VIPAR Heavy Duty. He has been overseeing VHD Equipment Network since its inception in 2008 and will continue in his role as vice-president at VIPAR Heavy Duty with responsibility for program management, and marketing and communications groups. VIPAR has named James McGuire director of business development with responsibility for stockholder development in the central United States. Based in the Indianapolis IN area, he will be responsible for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. Most recently, he was an account executive with Accuride Corporation.