VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2011) - Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT) today announced that Dave Parker is stepping down from his position as president of the Company's Canadian operations. He will be succeeded by Andy Fraser, currently executive vice president, power systems and global business development for Finning International, effective immediately.
"On behalf of the Company, I would like to thank Dave for his many years of outstanding service and dedication to the organization. Dave made many valued contributions to Finning and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours," commented Mike Waites, president and CEO of Finning International.
"I am pleased to appoint Andy to the position of president of Finning Canada and welcome him to his new role. I am confident that with Andy's demonstrated leadership, his deep experience in the business and strong commitment to our customers' success, he is the right choice to lead Finning Canada and successfully execute the company's strategy for our Canadian operations," said Mike Waites.
Mr. Fraser has held a variety of senior roles across the Company's operations in his career covering over 30 years with Finning. He was most recently responsible for growing the Company's power systems capabilities globally and managing Finning International's investments in OEM Remanufacturing Company Inc., PipeLine Machinery International and Energyst. Prior to this role, Mr. Fraser was managing director, Finning UK Group where he laid the groundwork for a renewed business strategy, including the successful restructuring of the U.K. operations and the acquisition of Ireland territory. He began his career with the Company's Canadian operations where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in parts, customer service and equipment sales.
Mr. Fraser holds a B.A. in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Royal Roads University.
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