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ZBB Energy Corp. names new chairman
Milwaukee-based ZBB Energy Corp. announced that Bill Mundell has accepted the position as chairman of the company’s board of directors, succeeding Australian Richard Payne, who will continue to serve as a non-executive director.

Mundell joined the board of ZBB after the company’s initial public offering in mid-2007, and his appointment as chairman is another move to strengthen the management of operations from the United States.

Mundell is an international businessman with a track record in the information and educational technology industries. He is chairman of Intekea, a Los Angeles-based joint venture focused on economic development in West and Central Africa. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Vidyah Inc., a company founded out of Knowledge Universe to create a second generation of e-learning.

ZBB CEO Rob Parry said, "Bill Mundell brings both exceptional leadership qualities and extensive experience, which has been and will continue to be of great value to ZBB from the stand-point of our strategic positioning, future growth and technological prowess. We are thrilled that Bill has accepted this nomination and look forward to his initiative and guidance as we take ZBB to the next phase of our development."

ZBB provides clean energy storage solutions based on proprietary zinc rechargeable energy storage technology that addresses requirements in multiple markets such as alternative energy applications, large electrical utilities and green residential and commercial architecture.

Tanner to lead pesticide trade group
Carl Tanner
, chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Liphatech, a developer of rodent control products, has been elected to the board of directors for Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), a nonprofit trade association that represents manufacturers in the North American specialty pesticide and fertilizer markets.

Tanner has been a voting member of RISE for many years; he was nominated by a peer in the association to serve a three-year term on the organization’s governing board.  He has served as CEO of Liphatech, Inc., for the past six years.

"RISE is the single most important and effective body representing pesticide and fertilizer makers in this country," said Tanner. "The most critical aspect of the association’s mission is wrestling with political and regulatory issues that affect the use of our products. We need the public and the regulating bodies to know us and to understand that these are useful and necessary products."

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