NEW YORK – Standard Motor Products’ board of directors has appointed Eric Sills as president of the company. Sills, 46, is currently vice president global operations. Sills will now join the office of the chief executive, where he will serve together with Lawrence Sills, chairman and CEO; John Gethin, COO; and James Burke, vice president finance and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWilliam Turner, Standard Motor Products’ presiding independent director, said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Eric joined the company in 1991, and has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He is currently responsible for all manufacturing, distribution, engineering and supply chain management both in the U.S. and worldwide. Under Eric’s leadership, the company has increased manufacturing capacity, expanded production in low-cost areas, enhanced its global supply chain and successfully integrated eight acquisitions in the past three years. All these have played a major role in increasing the company’s profitability. In addition, during his 24 years with the company, Eric has acquired extensive knowledge of the customers and the industry.“In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for his current activities while becoming increasingly involved in sales, marketing and finance. Our board believes that Eric’s experience, expertise and proven leadership will make him an ideal candidate to help lead the company into the future.”Sills earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. He is the son of Lawrence Sills, Standard’s chairman and CEO.,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. 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. 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.
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An experienced solicitor who used his status to give credence to illegal investment schemes has been thrown out of the legal profession. Stephen Pickard was jailed for a total of eight years in November 2016 after helping to put together a scheme to convince investors to pay money into a Ponzi-style private placement programme. He was found guilty of two offences of fraud by false representation and concealing criminal property. The investment opportunity, described in court as ‘all lies’, never existed and Pickard knew this was the case, using his role to let people believe it was genuine. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard the solicitor of 32 years, ‘provided respectability’ through the scheme and ‘dragged through the mire’ the name of his former employer, Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett, which played no part in the fraud. In sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, His Honour Judge Kearl QC said Pickard was essential to the scheme in order to claim to provide full and proper due diligence and to give a history to the trading – the solicitor was the ‘lieutenant’ of the main defendant, by whom he was paid. The tribunal heard Pickard had been contacted in prison and he did not wish to contest disciplinary proceedings against him. He was found to have acted through ‘greed and desire for personal financial gain’, having been a willing participant in fraudulent activities in which members of the public lost significant amounts of money. His case had caused ‘colossal harm’ to the legal profession in general, the conviction leading to headlines in the media such as ‘another lawyer helps fraudsters by giving credibility to their scam’. Pickard was struck off the roll of solicitors and ordered to pay £2,439 costs. Following his conviction, Lupton Fawcett emphasised that the firm was not involved in any way in Pickard’s offences, which were carried out without its knowledge. Once the firm became aware of his conduct, it reported the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Pickard departed shortly thereafter.
COLUMBIA – Following a weekend of rest, reflection and recruiting evaluations, South Carolina interim head coach Shawn Elliott is ready to get back on the practice field.The South Carolina Gamecocks host the Vanderbilt Commodores at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday, October 17, 2015.With Texas A&M, a team that has dropped its last two games but has top 10 talent and ability next on the schedule, he understands there is little time to waste.Elliott sent his team away for a few days off feeling good about where they are both mentally and physically, however.“We had a great bye week,” said Elliott, who led the Gamecocks to a win over Vanderbilt in the team’s only outing since he took over. “The kids were real energetic. They were running around. We got a lot accomplished. To tell you the truth, I thought the energy just carried over from Vanderbilt.“They didn’t miss a beat. They came out and conditioned on Monday, went Tuesday in shell practice. Had a good momentum. It went on through Wednesday. We turned them loos Thursday at 10 a.m. and they were still energetic and moving around, crisp.”While admitting the team and coaching staff have been working on some new schemes and personnel groupings, nothing has been finalized.He does see junior Perry Orth remaining the team’s quarterback, however, although freshman Lorenzo Nunez is getting closer being able to compete.“I think Perry, right now, is our solid starter,” said Elliott. “He played really well, we thought against Vanderbilt. He’s continued to do well in practice, making good decisions.“He seems to have the backing of our football team at this moment. The guys believe in him because of how hard he works and his preparation in practice. I’d say he is a pretty solid starter at this point.”There was a thought that, with Orth playing well, Nunez might be held out the rest of the season so the school could seek a medical redshirt for him.Elliott doesn’t plan on that, at least at the time being, as he believes he has the potential to help the team.“At this time I don’t think so,” Elliott said. “I think he is going to be coming back off his injury and be ready to go. We’ll know more by practice time (Monday) and see where he is.”When asked if there is the potential he could play on Saturday against the Aggies, Elliott had a succinct answer.“Yes it certainly is possible,” he said.While saying he is participating more in practice, Elliott was not as confident sophomore Connor Mitch, who began the season as the Gamecocks quarterback starter, is ready to return.“I think he’s still got some time to go,” said Elliott. “He’s had range of motion at times. He’s getting more reps. He’s becoming more confident. He’s stepping in there and doing a lot more.“We’re just going to have to play it by ear. He had a pretty serious situation he went through. He lost a bunch of weight, strength. As he gets further away from that injury, he’s going to become a much better player.”