ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Tecumseh Products Co., a leading global manufacturer of compressors and related products, announced that James J. Connor has been named vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer (CFO). In addition, Michael A. Noelke has been named executive vice president, sales, marketing and engineering.

According to Tecumseh Products, Connor has broad experience with manufacturing companies at the CFO and CEO levels, and as a strategic advisor. Noelke joins Tecumseh from the Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corp., where he was global vice president, business development.

“Jim, Mike, and I share a commitment to lean manufacturing, continuous improvement in quality and product design, excellent customer service, and financial discipline,” said James Wainright, Tecumseh Products president and chief executive officer. “That’s the formula that will drive our results going forward. Working together, we will be able to take advantage of our improved balance sheet, accelerate our drive to become cash-flow positive, and create a platform for profitable growth.”

Connor is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Noelke has been active in the HVACR industry as a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), past president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) St. Louis chapter, and as a member of the communications committee and past president of the Valves and Accessories section of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

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Publication date:01/11/2010