Twin Disc appoints executive VP of operations

Malcom Moore joined Racine-based Twin Disc Inc. as executive vice president of operations, effective July 1. Moore resigned his position as director of Twin Disc in order to accept the opportunity.

In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the company’s global manufacturing, as well as its sales/marketing functions.

“Mac brings an extensive skillset in marine, industrial and international markets to Twin Disc, and we are fortunate to secure such a qualified candidate,” said John Batten, president and chief executive officer. “Mac is a proven business leader. As a former director of Twin Disc, Mac has provided me valuable counsel over the years…Mac’s addition further strengthens our management team, allowing us to continue to develop and to implement our global strategy, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Moore has more than 25 years of leadership experience managing international manufacturing and distribution businesses. From 2011 to 2015, he held various positions including chairman, president and CEO of Fort Atkinson-based Digi-Star LLC, a leading global supplier of electronic components and software used in precision agriculture.

From 1999 to 2010, Moore held various positions, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, president and COO, and president and CEO of West Bend-based Gehl Company, a publicly owned manufacturer and distributor of equipment used in construction and agriculture markets. He serves on the board of directors of AG Growth International and Freightcar America Inc.

Twin Disc also announced that its board of directors appointed Janet Giesselman to the company’s board effective June 30. Giesselman will finish the term of Moore, who resigned from the board on June 30.

Giesselman is the retired president and general manager of Dow Oil &
Gas, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. She has more than 30 years of experience managing agriculture, energy, chemical and manufacturing businesses in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

From 2001 to 2010, she held numerous senior leadership positions with The Dow Chemical Company, including vice president of Dow AgroSciences and vice president of Dow Latex (Switzerland). Before joining Dow, Giesselman held various leadership positions in sales, marketing and strategic planning with Rohm & Hass Company, a specialty and performance materials company.

“Janet brings a significant amount of leadership experience to Twin Disc’s board as a retired senior executive at The Dow Chemical Company, as well as from her service on a number of corporate and not- for-profit boards,” said David Rayburn, chairman of the board. “Janet’s broad background in the oil and gas industry, as well as her international experience, will add tremendous value to our board as we execute our ambitious business plan focused on growing Twin Disc globally.”

The hiring of Moore and the appointment of Giesselman follows Twin Disc’s previous announcement that its board of directors elected Jeffrey Knutson as chief financial officer and treasurer.

Knutson will take on the duties in addition to his current roles as vice president of finance and corporate controller and secretary. He has worked in a variety of leadership roles at Twin Disc since 2005. Before that, Knutson worked as a controller at Tower Automotive-Milwaukee division, and has also worked in financial positions at Invensys, Bucyrus International and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“Jeff has done a fantastic job since assuming the interim chief financial officer role in February,” Batten said. “Jeff’s experience and contributions to Twin Disc since joining the company in 2005 make him uniquely qualified to step into the chief financial officer position. His strong global financial experience and deep understanding of our business and culture are valuable assets to Twin Disc. I look forward to continue working with Jeff and wish him much success in this new role.”

Twin Disc manufactures marine and heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment.

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