Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, announced today the promotion and appointment of three executives as corporate officers. Eric Woon was named Vice President of Asia-Pacific (APAC); Dr. Ivo Celi was named Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Alan Korman was named Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. All are members of the Columbus McKinnon Executive Committee. The appointments were effective July 25, 2011.
Alan Korman joined Columbus McKinnon as General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary in January 2011, where he played a key role in the Company’s corporate governance and business strategy. After graduating from SUNY-Buffalo with his law degree, Mr. Korman began his law career in Buffalo with Hodgson-Russ, and later joined Nixon-Hargrave, where his primary focus was intellectual property. After five years in private practice, he took the position as General Counsel with Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of sophisticated dental products, overseeing a legal function in a U.S.-based company that grew from $30 million to $250 million in sales over 16 years. During this time, he also was given additional responsibilities, both for business and operational matters for the U.S. operation and an increased role in the international legal and compliance issues for the Liechtenstein-based parent company, as well as a large number of subsidiary operations around the world.About Columbus McKinnon Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically lift, position or secure material. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how. Columbus McKinnon routinely posts news and other comprehensive information on its web site at http://www.cmworks.com. Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future revenue and earnings, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements, including general economic and business conditions, conditions affecting the industries served by the Company and its subsidiaries, conditions affecting the Company's customers and suppliers, competitor responses to the Company's products and services, the overall market acceptance of such products and services, the effect of operating leverage, the pace of bookings relative to shipments, the ability to expand into new markets and geographic regions, the success in acquiring new business, the speed at which shipments improve, and other factors disclosed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6821550&lang=en