AxleTech, a powertrain technology company for heavy-duty vehicles, has announced two new additions to its executive leadership team.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementRick Larkin joins AxleTech as chief financial officer, overseeing accounting, treasury, tax and strategic financial planning and reporting. Larkin brings more than 35 years of financial and executive management experience in technology, transportation and manufacturing industries to AxleTech. He most recently served as managing director at Angle Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm, where he provided a variety of merger and acquisition advisory services. Prior to joining Angle Advisors, Larkin was a partner at GR Investment Group, a private equity firm, responsible for acquisition and divestiture activities, financial management and overseeing all portfolio investments.Mike Semke returns to AxleTech as vice president of global pricing and program management. Under his leadership, the program management team is responsible for managing new programs from initial customer requests to product launches. He also is responsible for developing a global cost and pricing structure. Semke has more than 20 years of experience in drivetrain and powertrain technology. He previously led program management and pricing functions at Fabco Automotive and Meritor.“As we continue to invest in new powertrain technologies, including electric vehicles, we are focused on developing our team to support significant growth. Rick and Mike’s roles are key in the success of AxleTech; they bring energy, extensive industry experience and leadership in their respective fields,” said Bill Gryzenia, CEO, AxleTech.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
Commemorative events will take place in Inishowen and Derry during the week to remember the tragic sinking of the HMS Laurentic.The HMS Laurentic sank off the coast of Fanad Head when it was struck by a mine, leading to the loss of over 350 seamen.In Inishowen a guided coach tour will leave the Shadows Hotel at 10am on the 26th of January. A Wreath Laying ceremony will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cockhill on the 28th of January at 11am, with other one taking place at St. Mura’s Church of Ireland at 12:30pm in Fahan. Both cemeteries are where some of the crew were laid to rest.These ceremonies will then be followed by a special reception on Saturday at 2pm Fort Dunree.On the 29th of January, a commemorative flotilla will leave Buncrana to the site of the Laurentic wreckage.In Derry, a new Laurentic exhibition will be launched on the 25th, and run for six months. For details on more commemorative events you can visit the Ulster Canada Initiative’s Facebook page.HistoryThe HMS Laurentic was built by Harland and Woolf in Belfast; and was launched just months before the infamous Titanic from the same shipyard.An interesting historical fact is that this boat is responsible for the capture of the notorious Dr. Crippen, a murderer who tried to flee to Canada on the Montrose.When the Captain of the Montrose recognised Crippen and his partner as the wanted fugitives, Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Walter Dew was alerted. Dew picked the HMS Laurentic to sail to Canada faster than the Montrose; despite the Montrose’s departure three days earlier. When the Montrose docked, Dr. Crippen was taken into custody and hanged for his crimes. Dr. Crippen is the first suspect to be captured with the aid of wireless telegraphy.Lough SwillyCarrying 43 tonnes of gold bullion to pay for vital war munitions, on the 23rd of January 1917 the HMS Laurentic began the long voyage from Liverpool to Nova Scotia, with Captain R.A. Norton at the helm.Captain Norton had received an order to discharge five seamen in Buncrana. The crew landed in Buncrana and the men enjoyed a meal at the Lough Swilly Hotel before sailing out towards the North Atlantic Ocean on the 25th of January. Conditions at sea were perilous that night. Snow and hail pummeled the decks, as gale force twelve winds battered the boat and made maneuvering extremely difficult.As they passed Fanad Head, the ship struck a mine. The second mine they struck destroyed the engine room and generators. As the radio relied on electricity, no distress signal could be sent.Men loaded into the lifeboats – no mean feat in complete darkness and gale force winds.Before leaving the ship, Captain Norton checked that no man who survived the blasts were left behind before disembarking.However, despite Captain Norton’s efforts, many of those on the lifeboats did not survive. Many had been fatally wounded already, with most dying from exposure during the night before their rescue the following day.Of the 470 seamen who left Liverpool two days earlier; 350 lost their lives. Corpses washed ashore for many weeks after the sinking.On the 31st of January 1917, 71 bodies were buried on the grounds of St. Mary’s (Church of Ireland).Clergy from different backgrounds came together to honour the deceased, and memorials were erected across Ireland and the UK.DD History: HMS Laurentic commemorated as centenary approaches was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:commemorationsFanad Headhistoryhms laurenticInishowenLough Swilly