Press releases (03/26/12) ODS Strengthens Management Team in China

ODS Strengthens Management Team in China Oerlikon Drive Systems (ODS) is pleased to announce the appointments of three individuals to its management team in China.

Oerlikon Drive Systems (ODS) is pleased to announce the appointments of three individuals to its management team in China.

Eric Nelson has been appointed as the China Business Unit Head for ODS. Having spent most of his professional life in Asia, Nelson brings a wealth of management experience to this position. Prior to joining ODS, Nelson was the deputy general manager for Phelps Dodge in Thailand. In this role, he assumed additional management responsibilities in China. Nelson also previously served as the general manager of DelStar Technologies (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. He earned a MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz.

Eric Rodarmel has been named Director of Production Transfer and Manufacturing for Fairfield’s facility in Suzhou. Rodarmel first joined the ODS team as a production machine operator at Fairfield’s headquarters in Lafayette, Indiana USA. He was then promoted into the manufacturing engineering department and later joined the sales team where he has held numerous positions culminating in his latest role as Director of Custom Sales. Rodarmel graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., with a MBA and bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

Yu (York) Zhang has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Sales and Business Development in China. Zhang first joined ODS in 2005 with Fairfield’s sales office in Shanghai as its Chief Representative. Prior to these roles, he held a variety of engineering and sales positions with companies in Shanghai with the most recent being Brevini and ECL Aluminum Machine Co. Ltd. Zhang is a Shanghai Chemical Industry Institute graduate with a degree in chemical equipment and machinery.

ODS President and CEO Gary Lehman says, “We are very pleased with the appointments of Eric Nelson, Eric Rodarmel and York Zhang. Their experience and technical knowledge will aid us tremendously as we expand our Asian market.”

Fairfield is part of Oerlikon AG, a global technology company with more than 16,000 employees in 36 countries. Graziano Trasmissioni and Fairfield form Oerlikon Drive Systems. Our combined technologies enable us to provide fully integrated drive systems from transmissions to final drives for both on- and off-highway vehicles.

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