Timken Names Roellgen, Ruel and Connors to Executive Sales and Marketing Roles

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com), the world leader in tapered roller bearings, has named Andreas Roellgen and Brian J. Ruel to the positions of vice president of sales. Ruel leads the company’s selling team across the Americas, and Roellgen will oversee the Timken sales organization for the rest of the world.

In addition, Michael J. Connors will lead the company’s marketing organization as newly appointed vice president of global marketing.


“These appointments are part of the new organization we’ve put in place to increase speed to market and streamline decision making,” said Christopher Coughlin, group president and executive vice president for Timken, in making the announcement. “We expect to leverage the collective experience now captured with these bearing leadership appointments to improve both our focus and accountability with regards to driving profitable growth.”

Connors joined the company in 1983 as a manufacturing engineer and later assumed a series of management positions in manufacturing, product management, marketing and business development, including director of large-bore bearing manufacturing and vice president of manufacturing. In 2004, Connors was named vice president of industrial equipment and then president of Process Industries, focused on serving customers in heavy industry, power transmission and wind energy markets. Most recently, Connors was vice president of distribution. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hartford.

Roellgen joined the company in 1997 as a business development manager in the company’s European headquarters in Colmar, France. In 2000, he transferred to the new business development team in Canton, Ohio. He returned to Europe in 2003 and held various positions including general manager of warehousing, logistics, replenishment and customer service, and was named director of supply chain Europe in 2007. In 2010, Roellgen was named managing director of Europe and, most recently, served as vice president of Process Industries and managing director of Europe. Roellgen earned master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Technical University of Munich, Germany, and in business administration from INSEAD in France.

Ruel joined the company in 1984 as a sales engineer, later assuming a series of automotive business leadership roles, including director of sales, director of new business development for the Asia Pacific region and director of quality and customer satisfaction. In 2010, Ruel was promoted to vice president of light vehicle systems and also served as vice president of rail. Most recently, he served as vice president of the company’s Mobile Industries business. Ruel holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

About The Timken Company

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, belts, chain and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world. The company’s growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Carlisle®, Drives® and InterlubeTM. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $2.9 billion in sales in 2015. With more than 14,000 employees operating from 28 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

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