EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride Corp. has announced that Richard “Rick” Dauch has been appointed to serve as the company’s president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Dauch succeeds Bill Lasky, who has served as interim president and CEO since September 2008. Lasky has also served as chairman of the board since January 2009 and will continue in that role. “I have enjoyed serving as interim president and CEO, and working closely with Accuride’s strong management team throughout this very challenging economic cycle. I am equally looking forward to supporting Rick and the company as I continue in my role as chairman,” said Lasky. “Rick brings us extensive experience leading complex, global businesses, an in-depth understanding of manufacturing and supply chain systems, and proven leadership skills. These make him highly qualified to lead Accuride into the upturn in the commercial vehicle industry, successfully taking us to the next level of performance and delivering exceptional results for all of our stakeholders.” Dauch joins Accuride from Michigan-based Acument Global Technologies, an industry leader in mechanical fastening systems, where he had served as president and CEO since June 2008. Dauch led an extensive restructuring of Acument, divesting non-strategic and under-performing operations, and virtually eliminating its debt, while simultaneously making critical investments and implementing LEAN systems across the remaining business units. Under his leadership, Acument emerged from the recent global recession financially and competitively strengthened. Advertisement Prior to joining Acument, Dauch served as executive vice president of Worldwide Manufacturing for American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) Inc., where he was responsible for the daily operations of 17 global manufacturing facilities and 10,000 employees. In addition to serving as president of the Metal Formed Division, Dauch held a number of leadership roles within AAM during his 13-year tenure with the company, including director of strategic planning, vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of investor relations and financial planning. Prior to AAM, Dauch led the specialty packaged products business of United Technologies’ Carrier Division. “Accuride is a financially solid company with market leading brands, a loyal customer base, and a strong foundation of world-class product and process technology. I am excited to join the Accuride team and look forward to developing and executing a plan to selectively and profitably grow the company,” said Dauch. Dauch’s corporate career was preceded by his service as an officer in the United States Army, including qualification as an Airborne Ranger and concluding with his assignment as a Light Infantry Company Commander in the 10th Mountain Division. This service followed his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He later earned dual master of science degrees in management and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Advertisement Dauch serves on the board of directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Spartan Motors, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Foundation and the West Point Army Football Club.
It was nothing short of a feat of Herculean proportions that the 44th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays went ahead at the National Stadium last Saturday, despite the almost unceasing threat of bad weather which washed the venue for the majority of the day’s proceedings. It must have taken equal servings of the well-celebrated Fortis spirit, coupled with the attendant resolve and resilience – major platforms of the event’s founders – to make the spectacle even happen. From what is now in the public domain regarding the threat of the new coronavirus, the organisers of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are facing challenges which will make those which confronted the Kingston College family seem trivial.With just over four months to go for the opening ceremony, no decision has been taken as to whether there will be a cancellation. It has been said that neither a postponement nor a relocation will be on. Either option, one assumes, would upset the entire global sporting calendar, as countries are, with good reason, given seven years to prepare. Also to be considered is the economic loss to the hosts in terms of money already spent for which, there is little hope of recouping. All things considered, a sporting nightmare seems to be in the offing. But then, it will not be the first time that the world is facing this dilemma. Two world wars have forced cancellations of what has been called “The greatest show on Earth.” The first was in 1916 and the Second put paid to two editions, 1940 and 1944. On all three occasions, the Olympics were simply not held. Call a halt With all this in mind, what needs to happen is that very soon the organisers should arrive at the most logical conclusion, which is to call a halt to the proceedings as far as Tokyo is concerned and look to the future. There should be no fear that such action would sound a death knell for the sporting disciplines which will be staged. As callous as it may sound, the risk to life of participants, who will be travelling from all corners of the globe, is simply not worth it. One is forced to draw that conclusion, as it would appear that the full story of the spread of the virus is not being told. It would not surprise well-thinking persons that information is being withheld by some countries where there is affliction for the purposes of political expedience.Let the world decide that to put off the decision to cancel will only extend the risk over a longer period than is necessary. For sure, there is going to be a fallout. Jamaican athletes who see Tokyo as their last journey to that level will be disappointed. However, that should not be a consideration as there are more fundamental issues at hand. The prospects are too dire.It is regrettable but it is a decision which should be taken, and the sooner, the better. For feedback: email: [email protected]
© Sofia 2018 Only 48 seconds were not enough for Alexander Alexiev to break his own record for cyclists in the Vitosha Tour. For the third year in a row, he won the race known as “Vitosha 100”, but remained behind his top achievement.Alexiev finished in 3.56: 32 hours. For the second year in a row, he descends less than four hours for the 100 kilometers.The winner took the lead from the beginning and did not miss it until the end. In the first third he led by almost 5 minutes, and in the middle of the distance – by more than 10 minutes. Second and third were invariably his teammates from “Velorapter” Vladislav Gyurov and Kalin Rusev – 21 minutes and half an hour. “I was moving at the pace of a record and I was physically ready for a new top achievement, but a technical failure took me more than 4 minutes to repair the bike and that slowed me down,” Alexiev said after the final.In women, Hristina Kozareva defended her title from last year. The competitor of “Veloraptor” finished in 5.29: 02, far from the record of Anelia Karagyozyan from 2016 – 5.12: 11.Only 12-year-old Joanna Valkanova from “Olympus” finished sensationally in second place, finishing 19 minutes after the champion. Third is Iveta Kostadinova, 39 minutes after the winner.Representatives of 22 countries took part in the start. Tonight the Tour continues with the start of the runners.