PEORIA, Ill., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS) today announced that Brian D. Rabe, an executive with 27 years of experience in manufacturing sales, service and operations, has joined the company as Vice President—General Manager, Heavy Equipment Industry Division. Rabe, whose background includes senior management positions at Kennametal Inc., Cisco Systems, IBM and others, will focus on long-term expansion and operating performance of the division as it continues to serve its North American customers base.
Rabe comes to ATS from Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based Kennametal where he was Vice President/Sales and Managing Director, Americas. At Kennametal, a $3 billion global provider of advanced material and tooling solutions, he was responsible for over $1 billion of sales through direct sales professionals and a network of distributors. Rabe's eight-year tenure with Kennametal also included top executive positions managing the company's Extrude Hone division as well as its customer service and satisfaction functions.
Prior to Kennametal, Rabe was President/CEO of CoolWorks, Inc., a provider of thermoelectric cooling products. He also notably served at Cisco Systems as Senior Director, Global Service Management EMEA, where he was instrumental in building global service operations, service programs and service sales capabilities, as well as at ROLM Systems, a division of IBM, where he was a manufacturing engineer and production manager.
"With a strong background in general management, manufacturing operations, sales and services with world class companies like Cisco, IBM and Kennametal, Brian brings valuable experience and capabilities to ATS," said Jeff Owens, ATS President. "We are continually developing our team and acquiring the kind of talent required to achieve our long-term growth aspirations."
In his new position Rabe will be gaining insight from ATS customers on opportunities for continued value and performance improvement. His long-term goals include striving for excellence in safety, strengthening the division's services and processes, developing new service capabilities, and seeking expanded partnerships with existing and new customers.
Rabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University.
About Advanced Technology Services:
ATS makes factories run better. Advanced Technology Services (ATS) improves the productivity and profitability for many of the world's most respected manufacturers through the managed services of production equipment maintenance, information technology and spare parts repair. Born out of the need for American manufacturers to remain competitive in a fast changing global economy, ATS is the recognized leader in outsourced production equipment maintenance. ATS is headquartered in Peoria, IL with offices located in Greenville, SC, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Monterrey, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.AdvancedTech.com.
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