Webb Co. promotes Stewart to COO Featured

9:40am EDT January 27, 2006
Brian C. Stewart was promoted to chief operating officer and senior vice president of Jervis B. Webb Co., a material handling solutions company.

He is responsible for all aspects of engineering, sales and marketing, purchasing, manufacturing, information services and project management for the Webb Group of companies, including U.S. operations in Michigan and South Carolina and operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, India and China.

Stewart has worked for the Webb Co. for more than 24 years and has held executive positions for the past 14 years. Most recently, he was senior vice president of corporate operations. He has also worked as vice president of engineering, and vice president and general manager of Webb Electric Co., a former subsidiary of Jervis B. Webb Co. He oversaw corporate research and development, as well as the company’s intellectual property rights for integrated material handling systems on a global basis.

Stewart earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed numerous continuing education courses at Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Quality and Michigan State University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and Lifelong Education Programs.

He served as president of the Materials Handling and Management Society from 1994 to 1995 and is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Karenann Terrell
received the 2005 Women’s Corporate Technology Award.

Terrell is chief information officer of Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America, responsible for all aspects of the company’s information technology management in North America.

The award is conferred annually by the American Friends of the Jerusalem College of Technology in association with Women in Technology International. Terrell received the honor “for her outstanding accomplishments in the information technology industry and her strong support for WITI and its service to professional women in technology.”

DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC has appointed Tracy L. Hackman vice president, general counsel and secretary.

She joined the company in 1987 as a staff counsel and has held increasingly responsible positions with DaimlerChrysler Services and DaimlerChrysler Insurance Co.

Hackman is the first female executive in the company’s 41-year history to lead the office of the general counsel. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance and an MBA in advanced management from Michigan State University. She earned a J.D. degree from the University of Detroit Law School.

Arcadia Resources Inc. appointed Jim Haifley to the newly created position of executive vice president. He oversees the strategic direction of the company’s two divisions.

Haifley joined the company in 2004 as director of business development. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as divisional director of operations for Rotech Healthcare Inc.

Charles Baker
joined Johnson Controls as vice president and general manager of engineering, North America, for the firm’s interior experience business.

Previously, he worked as vice president for Honda R&D Americas. He has also worked in engineering leadership positions at Saturn Corp., Gantron Corp. and the Pontiac Motor division of General Motors.

Baker earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute.

DTE Energy’s board of directors elected Peter Oleksiak to controller and Daniel Brudzynski to vice president, regulatory affairs.

Oleksiak joined the company in 1998 and was named assistant controller last year. Prior to DTE, he held a variety of financial analyst and supervisory positions at Chrysler Corp.

Brudzynski joined DTE in 1997 as assistant controller. He has served as controller since 1999 and vice president since 2001. Previously, he worked for Chrysler Corp.’s controller’s office.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. appointed Michael K. Simonte vice president and chief financial officer. He previously worked as vice president and treasurer. He joined AAM in 1998 as director, corporate finance.

Patrick J. Spohn was named vice president and controller. He previously served as corporate controller. He joined the company in 1997 as manager, corporate finance.

Shannon J. Curry was named treasurer. Prior to this, she served as assistant treasurer.

Original Equipment Suppliers Association elected Sylvia B. Vogt chair of the OESA Foreign Subsidiaries Council. She is responsible for overseeing the direction of council activities and updating OESA management on the status of the council.

Vogt is vice president, corporate affairs Americas for the Robert Bosch Corp. She has been with Bosch since 1994 in various legal counsel and contract management positions.

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