ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tecumseh Products Company (Nasdaq: TECUA, TECUB), a leading global manufacturer of compressors and related products, announced today that Michael A. Noelke has been named executive vice president, sales, marketing and engineering. Noelke is joining Tecumseh Products from the Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corp., Washington, Mo., where he was global vice president, business development. "Mike has had a distinguished career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration business, and he has a proven track record of creating value for customers and shareholders," said James Wainright, Tecumseh Products president and chief executive officer. "His broad background in engineering, sales, marketing and operations makes him a perfect fit for Tecumseh Products, and his hands-on approach will allow us to take our performance to a new, higher level and forge even stronger relationships with customers." During his 32-year career with Sporlan, a leading global supplier of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration components, Noelke served as division general manager, operations manager and marketing manager, as well as in various sales, engineering and planning positions. Under his leadership, Sporlan delivered significant improvements in quality, customer service and revenue driven by lean manufacturing, a disciplined supply chain management process and customer-focused product development. Noelke has been active in supporting the refrigeration and air conditioning industry throughout his career as a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, past president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) St. Louis chapter and as a member of the communications committee and past president of the Valves and Accessories section of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Noelke replaces Pat Canavan, formerly vice president of global sales and marketing, who is leaving Tecumseh Products at the end of the year. Tecumseh also announced today that James Nicholson, vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer, is leaving the company at the end of the year. The company is currently in advanced discussions with a potential replacement for Nicholson.