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.
A costs judge has rejected an attempt by a newspaper group to avoid legal costs because an order infringed its right to freedom of expression.In BNM v Mirror Group Newspapers Limited, the defendant contended that a costs order in favour of the claimant should not include either success fees or after-the-event insurance.MGN said if the court were to make any such order, it would be acting incompatibly with the group’s right to freedom of expression as a publisher under article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The newspaper group had agreed to pay £20,000 damages and costs after the claimant obtained an injunction preventing publication of details of her relationship with a Premier League footballer.The claimant instructed London firm Atkins Thomson in March 2013 and entered a conditional fee agreement in April 2013 which provided for a 100% success fee but a discounted success fee if the claim concluded before trial.A similar agreement was entered into with counsel.The costs claimed were for almost £242,000, which included a 60% solicitor’s success fee, 75% counsel fee and after-the-event insurance premium of £58,000.Subject to the article 10 appeal, the court allowed the success fees of the solicitors and both counsel at 33% and the ATE insurance premium in the sum claimed.MGN sought to argue that recovery of additional liabilities was unlawful and would place the UK in breach of its obligations under the ECHR.But Master Gordon-Saker, sitting in the High Court (Senior Costs Court Office), said decisions of the ECHR are not binding on domestic courts, and that the Human Rights Act merely provides that domestic courts take them into account.He ruled that given the precedent of Campbell v MGN Limited (No 2), in which the House of Lords ruled the success fee should not be disallowed, was binding.‘I have to conclude that an order permitting the claimant to recover from MGN a reasonable success fee would not be a violation of MGN’s right to freedom of expression as a publisher,’ said Gordon-Saker.As a postscript, the judge said the Civil Justice Council had suggested a scheme in April 2013 to replace the regime of recoverable additional liabilities in publication and privacy proceedings, but the government had not acted on this recommendation.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority may be breaking the law if it fails to provide the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) in Welsh, a legal academic has warned. David Dixon, senior lecturer at Cardiff University’s school of law and politics, said: ‘The Welsh Government has lobbied the SRA for the SQE to be provided in Welsh in Wales but so far none of this lobbying has been effective.’An SRA spokesperson said the regulator is ‘actively considering’ a Welsh language version for the exam, due to be introduced in 2021, but that no decision has been made. The Schedules in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 requires institutions, such as universities and regulators, to provide assessments in Welsh if there is demand for them. Students taking their undergraduate, GDL and LPC assessments in Wales, for example, are entitled to sit them in Welsh and to have these assessments credited towards their qualification as a solicitor.However Kaplan, the educational organisation behind the SQE, and the SRA has yet to be explicitly included in the measure. However the Welsh government is expected to add them, obliging the SRA to provide the assessment in Welsh.The maximum penalty for breaching the measure is a fine of £5,000.Dixon said that the SRA might find it cheaper to pay the fine than translate the paper. However he added: ’What sort of example would the SRA set if they, as a regulator, broke the law so brazenly?’