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Advanced Automation names five new directors

EXTON, PA, October 23, 2007 – Advanced Automation elevated five managers to the position of director as part of the company’s program to expand its management team in response to increased business opportunities and expanding markets worldwide.

The five new directors are:
  • Steve Bloom, Director of Automation Solutions
    Steve Bloom joined Advanced Automation earlier this year and is responsible for leading the development and continuous improvement of the solutions area in conjunction with offshore operations. Prior to joining Advanced Automation, Bloom held various management positions at strategic and operational levels, delivering technology-enabled solutions to Fortune 500 companies and developing delivery methodologies and processes for professional services organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS degree in Computer Science.

  • Mike Curry, Director of Projects
    Mike Curry is responsible for the oversight and ultimate delivery of Advanced Automation’s portfolio of work, using the company’s ABACAS™ project execution methodology. Curry is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has implemented enterprise solutions for Fortune 500 companies such as Merrill Lynch, Verizon and Fiserv, and has done work supporting the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Curry has a BS degree in Chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College and an MS degree in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Mark Melnychenko, Director of MIT Solutions
    Mark Melnychenko is responsible for setting strategic direction for Advanced Automation’s delivery of MES and IT solutions as part of the company’s overall portfolio of services. Included is managing and growing a team of diversely talented IT professionals and ensuring use of the best possible practices, tools and standards. Prior to joining Advanced Automation, Melnychenko held senior IT positions, focusing on delivery of enterprise-level software solutions for various industries. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • John Phillips, Director of Pharmaceutical and Chemical
    John Phillips, who joined Advanced Automation in early 2007, serves as director of Business Development, responsible for new business development, account management, and direct marketing to the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil, and gas markets. Phillips held various management positions over the last 15 years, developing key market opportunities and growth strategies. He is skilled in creating, developing and maintaining key business relationships by interpreting client and market requirements. Phillips is a graduate of Widener University with a BS degree in Business Management.

  • Bob Vogel, Director of Support Services
    Bob Vogel, director of Support Services, is responsible for the company’s manufacturing support program, which provides 24x7 technical telephone and on-site engineering support to clients. He brings over 18 years of operations, customer service and sales experience to the team. Vogel has held several positions within the technology industry, including vice president, data solutions and support; director, technical operations; general manager, and technical manager. He is a graduate of DeVry University and holds a degree in electronics.

    “The success of our manufacturing support program, which we introduced last year,” said Martin W. Michael, vice president – Business Development, “along with the opportunities becoming available to us through our recently announced relationship with EIAL (Engro Innovative Automation [Pvt.] Ltd.), “have accelerated our expansion plans,” he added, “as reflected in today’s announcement.”

    EIAL is a global provider of industrial automation and engineering support products and services, with sales and support activities in Europe, the Middle East, China, and South Asia. Commenting on the company’s aggressive posture internationally, Advanced Automation President Robert Zeigenfuse stressed that “having a global presence is a business necessity in 2007 and beyond for major manufacturers as well as the companies that support them. For Advanced Automation,” he concluded, “it is absolutely critical that we put in place the resources that ensure service consistency, regardless of location. Today’s announcement speaks to that need!”

    Advanced Automation, founded in 1984, specializes in the development of real-time performance management systems for the process and discrete manufacturing industries. Considered a global expert in manufacturing automation controls, technology integration, execution solutions, and support services, the company has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, chemical, consumer products, and oil and gas industries.
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