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Paul Koeppe will replace William Mundell as chairman of the board of directors at ZBB Energy Corp.

Mundell will not stand for reelection to the board of the Menomonee Falls-based company.

"My current political commitments in my home state of California are making it increasingly difficult for me to devote the time and energy necessary to continue to serve," said. Mundell, whose term will expire in November. "I’ve enjoyed my involvement with ZBB over the years and wish the company well in its future endeavors."

Koeppe was appointed to the board in August of 2009. In November of 2009, he was named interim chief executive officer, beginning a process of restructuring the company. Eric Apfelbach replaced Koeppe as the permanent CEO in January of this year.

Richard Abdoo, chairman of the ZBB nominating and governance committee, said, "Besides providing leadership this past year, Paul has also invested substantial time and capital in helping ZBB overcome a number of obstacles. We are very pleased that Paul has accepted the position of chairman of the board."

Previously, Koeppe was CEO, president and founder of Superconductivity Inc, a manufacturer of superconducting magnetic energy storage devices that was acquired by American Superconductor Corp.

Richfield-based DCI Cheese Inc. has made several new hires and promotions. The company’s new hires include Monica Giacone, merchandiser; Ashley Hertel, production supervisor; Jim Hintz, helpdesk coordinator; Pat Lennon, plant engineer; Alaina Muche, assistant account coordinator/merchandiser; Donna Otto, customer service representative; Brittany Rautenberg, marketing coordinator.

Kim Dyer has been promoted to product development coordinator. Doug Koch‘s role as director of distribution was expanded to include the role of asset manager for the shred and slice departments. Brett La Ronge‘s leadership role in the warehouse department has been expanded. He will work with Koch to further improve the department in this enhanced role.

Joe Dalum, president and chief executive officer of Odyne Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Waukesha-based DUECO, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Green Truck Association (GTA). The GTA is an affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

According to Doyle Sumrall, GTA’s Managing Director, “The work truck industry is taking a strong turn toward the development of green technologies and applications and we see a significant future for green truck products. The GTA is dedicated to becoming a vital resource in promoting these products, providing technical support and helping build market awareness and knowledge.”


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