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Rockwell chooses Donato to lead its European operation

22 May, 2015

Rockwell Automation has appointed Thomas Donato to be president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, succeeding Hedwig Maes who has occupied the position since 2008.

Donato was most recently Rockwell’s regional vice-president in Canada, and also served as regional sales director of its Northern and Eastern European region. Previously, he was the business director for the company’s services and solutions business in EMEA.

Donato will now be responsible for driving growth in the EMEA region. He has 18 years of automation industry experience, including the last 11 years with Rockwell Automation. He holds a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in automation and controls engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. He also studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

“Thomas’ extensive experience makes him the ideal candidate for this key leadership role,” says John McDermott, Rockwell Automation’s senior vice-president for global sales and marketing. “His record of building high-performance teams and developing leaders will help achieve our business goals in the EMEA region.”

Donato: supporting users and machine-builders in two ways

“We’ll continue to build our business by supporting end-user customers and machine-builders in two ways,” says Donato. “One is by helping end-users realise that The Connected Enterprise is essential today for any company that wants to implement future advanced manufacturing strategies, such as Industry 4.0. The other is by making integration seamless for our machine-builders. These strategies will contribute to the success of both groups.”

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