Verhappen appointed as md for Yokogawa Canada

First reported by Eoin O’Riain of Read-out.net in Ireland, from watching Facebook, Yokogawa USA finally announced today that Ian Verhappen has joined Yokogawa as managing director of Yokogawa Canada, to be based in Calgary. Verhappen is well known within the ISA, and until last month was campaigning to become President-elect at the ISA in the 2012 nominations, but he withdrew from this competition on taking up his new post.

Verhappen reports that he has had an exciting first week this last week, “Working with a GREAT group of people with LOTS of energy” he says on Facebook: “Looking forward to the future!”

From Canada Verhappen will report to Chet Mroz, president of Yokogawa Corporation America, who said: “Mr. Verhappen is well recognized within our industry as someone who quickly identifies the customers’ core problem and understands how technology can be used to provide cost effective solutions to the issue at hand. I believe that his experience, industry knowledge, understanding of the Canadian market, as well as his strong leadership, will help expand our business in Canada by providing customer services excellence.”

Verhappen is also author of several books on Foundation Fieldbus, and recently has been working as Industrial Automation Networks Inc, as a global consultant in the engineering services business, assisting clients with their process plant networking, digital field systems, process control and safety systems, process analyzer systems and automation projects. His previous roles include working for the ISA as Vice President Strategic Planning, as Director Industrial Networks for MTL Inc, and as HSE RIO Project Manager for the Fieldbus Foundation.

Yokogawa also advise that the first 25 years of his career in the upstream hydrocarbon industry with Petro-Canada (now Suncor) and Syncrude Canada Ltd. gaining exposure to the full spectrum of the oil and gas as well as the oil sands sector. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a Certified Automation Professional. He is a Fellow member of the ISA, where he was a VP last year, and had previously been the Publications VP: he is also a Professional Engineer in Alberta.

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