Belden has announced that D. Larrie Rose, Vice President, Operations and President, Belden Europe, will retire at the end of February 2008, after a 35-year career with the company. The company has appointed Henk Derksen as interim managing director. Mr. Derksen is Vice President, Finance, for Belden Europe.
John Stroup, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "During the two years that Larrie and I have worked together, I have found him to be totally dedicated to the success of his business unit and the entire corporation. He has provided leadership to improve sales, margin contribution and manufacturing effectiveness."
Mr. Rose joined Belden as a sales associate in 1972 after graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He rose through marketing and sales to general management. In 1981, he moved to Europe to lead the establishment of Belden's European presence with a distribution center and sales office. He returned to the U.S. in 1990 as a marketing executive, and in 2002 was promoted to his current position as head of Belden's European business.
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