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Ladish CEO Woody retires; Parry to retire as ZBB Energy CEO

Ladish CEO Woody retires

Kerry Woody announced he is retiring as president and chief executive officer of Cudahy-based Ladish Co.

The Ladish board of directors has named Gary Vroman, 49, to the position of president and CEO and a director of Ladish, succeeding Woody. Vroman, formerly president of Ladish Forging, the largest operating subsidiary of Ladish, has been in various management roles at Ladish for more than 25 years.

Vroman has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The board also appointed Wayne Larsen, currently vice president law/finance of Ladish, to a seat on the Board.

Woody said, "After more than 14 years of leading Ladish, I have decided that the time is right to retire. I leave Ladish knowing the successful course we have charted will be followed by future management teams. It has been a privilege to have been a part of the proud 104 year heritage of Ladish and to work with its many dedicated employees."

During his tenure, several strategic acquisitions were made that contributed to Ladish’s long-term growth and helped it maintain its profitability.

Ladish is a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced metal components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial markets.

Parry to retire as ZBB Energy CEO

Milwaukee-based ZBB Energy Corp. announced that Robert Parry has notified the company’s board of directors of his intent to retire in 2010 as president and chief executive officer.

Parry will retire after his successor is elected and a successful transition has been completed. A committee of the board has been formed to begin an immediate search for a successor.

ZBB chairman Bill Mundell said, "On behalf of the board of directors, we sincerely appreciate Rob’s leadership, dedication, and intensity over the past decade or more in keeping ZBB firmly focused on the objective of commercializing our unique and proprietary energy storage technology. We respect and understand Rob’s wish to retire at this time and we appreciate his flexibility to work with a successor and with the board to effect a very successful leadership transition. Rob’s advance notice and flexibility in terms of timing and transition, gives us the time and resources to attract the right external candidate and to position that person for continued success in leading ZBB into an exciting future."

Upon retirement as CEO, Parry will continue to serve as a director and will focus special attention on international market developments.

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.

 

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