Eaton (Pittsburgh): Raja Ramana Macha has joined the company as executive VP and chief technology officer. In this role, Macha will report to Craig Arnold, chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Eaton, Macha served as senior VP and chief technology officer for Schneider Electric’s Industrial Automation business and as vice president, research and development and chief technology officer for the company’s Process Automation business.
Jo-Kell Inc. (Chesapeake, VA): John Kelly has been promoted to chief corporate officer and Kristin Parkinson was promoted to chief operating officer. Kelly has been with Jo-Kell for more than 18 years and has worked at positions including channel manager, business process manager and executive VP of sales and marketing. He also created new departments in the company and led teams in times of emergency. Moving forward, he will continue to oversee all of Jo-Kell’s sales and marketing efforts and provide leadership in establishing the direction of the company in both the short and long term.
Initially hired as the head of the company’s Jacksonville branch, Kristin Parkinson led the Jacksonville team to more than +500% revenue growth over her tenure. She was promoted to executive VP of operations in 2019.
Founded in 1977, Jo-Kell is a woman-owned small business that focuses on the military, commercial, marine and industrial marketplaces. Headquartered in Chesapeake, VA, Jo-Kell serves customers nationwide, with locations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and California. The company was ranked #93 on Electrical Wholesaling’s 2020 Top 200 listing with 75 employees and three locations.
Redline Communications Group (Toronto): This provider of industrial wireless broadband network connectivity solutions for mission-critical applications recently appointed Jim Slinowsky as VP of product line management. Prior to joining Redline, Slinowsky led product management for Siemens RUGGEDCOM, a portfolio of rugged networking products focused on mission-critical applications in harsh environments. He has also held executive posts with Powerwave Technologies and Nortel Networks. Slinowsky has a degree in engineering from the University of Manitoba.
IEWC (Milwaukee): Pat Rislov was promoted to chief supply chain officer. This new title is a reflection of his broadening leadership position within IEWC as the quality, business intelligence and marketing teams have now become a part of the supply chain organization, joining sourcing, materials management and logistics under his direction. Rislov joined IEWC in July 2018 as VP of supply chain. He started his career 25-plus years ago in the retail space.