ATS Further Strengthens Senior Management Team with Executive Appointments in Sales and Business Development
CAMBRIDGE, ON, April 14 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. todayannounced it has made two executive appointments to reinforce its industry-leading sales and business development efforts and drive theCompany's strategic marketing efforts to achieve attractive growth in thenear, medium and long term. Effective immediately, Paul Patterson is appointed Vice President, Salesand Business Development, Automation Systems Group (ASG). Mr. Patterson waspreviously ATS Director of Sales and Marketing within ASG and has played a keyrole in the Company's strategic market and customer development efforts sincejoining ATS in 1986. Mr. Patterson will report directly to Ron Jutras, ATSPresident and Chief Executive Officer, and will be responsible for themarketing, sales and business development programs in ASG. Also effective immediately, Mike Fisher is appointed Vice President,Sales, Automation Systems Group, Eastern North America. Mr. Fisher is also anATS veteran having joined the Company in 1990. He was previously Manager ofSales and Applications Engineering for ATS. In his new role, he will reportdirectly to Mr. Patterson and take responsibility for the execution ofstrategic sales initiatives and the further development of the Company's world-class sales team in Eastern North America, the group's largest region.Mr. Fisher will also assist with the development of the group's sales force inEurope. In making the appointments, Mr. Jutras, said: "a key element of ATS'ssuccess has been its ability to achieve industry-leading sales growth,establish new markets, and build trusted, long-term customer relationships.Paul's and Mike's appointments will help ATS to continue to efficientlyexecute sales efforts today while moving strategically to drive long-termrevenue growth. These appointments also reflect the continued transition ofATS from a highly successful entrepreneurially-lead organization to a team-based structure comprised of seasoned, capable management with well-defined roles focused on the execution of our strategy to successfullygrow our business." Corporate Description ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (www.atsautomation.com) is theindustry's leading designer and producer of turn-key automated manufacturingand test systems, which are used primarily by multinational corporationsoperating in a variety of industries including: automotive,computer/electronics, healthcare, and consumer products. ATS is also anemerging leader in the rapidly growing market for solar energy cells andmodules and makes precision components and subassemblies using its own custom-built manufacturing systems, process knowledge and automationtechnology. ATS employs approximately 4,000 people at 26 manufacturingfacilities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. TheCompany's shares are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under thesymbol ATA. Certain forward-looking statements are made in this news release,including statements regarding possible future business. Investors arecautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks anduncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ATS'sproducts, technologies, customer requirements and other risks detailed fromtime to time in ATS's periodic reports filed with Canadian regulatoryauthorities.
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