People Briefs — CT December 2008

Composites industry promotions and new hires.

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Lectra (Paris, France and Marietta, Ga.) announced the appoint-ment of Roy Shurling as president of Lectra North America. Shurling will assume responsibility for all Lectra business in North America, which covers the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. A Lectra veteran, Shurling has had a successful track record of producing revenue growth and advancing business development while holding several positions of increasing responsibility for over 20 years in the group. Most recently, Shurling was world senior VP of automotive and transportation, and has managed the accounts of customers such as The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Brunswick, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Co., and Delphi Corp. as well as leading wind power development companies … Lars Mehling has been appointed sales area manager for Menzolit (Heidelberg, Germany, a member of the Plastal Group). In his new position, Mehling will be responsible for key account customers for the German, Netherlands, Austrian, Eastern Europe, Russian and Middle East-related markets. Mehling started his career at Menzolit Compounds in 2002 with a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Siegen, in Siegen Germany … Wisconsin Infrared Systems (East Troy, Wis., a Wisconsin Oven Corporation company) has announced the appointment of Chris Thomas as its new vice president. Thomas has been working in the infrared heating industry for 15 years, involved in all aspects of sales, construction and design of gas-catalytic and electric infrared heating equipment. Thomas had previously worked for Wisconsin Infrared Systems as its product manager from 2000 to 2006 … Fiberforge Corp. (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has announced the addition of Anna Haudenschild as its composites applications engineer. In this role, Haudenschild will be responsible for product development and will be a lead engineer for the company’s composite design and development projects in the aerospace segment. While at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Haudenschild led all aspects of material development, testing and selection for a top-secret carbon fiber composite rocket payload adapter, and also designed and fabricated experiments for Discovery Channel’s Myth Buster television program. She earned her MS in mechanical  egineering, manufacturing and de-sign/advanced composite materials from the University of California at Los Angeles and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.