Belden is appointing Wolfgang Babel as Vice-President of Operations and President of Belden Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Dr Babel joined Belden in October 2007 as Managing Director of Belden Automation, comprising Hirschmann and Lumberg Automation. He also served as Managing Director of Endress + Hauser Conducta Gesellschaft für Mess- und Regeltechnik mbH & Co in Gerlingen, Germany, designers and manufacturers of measurement equipment and process instrumentation. Previously he held progressively responsible positions with Diehl GmbH & Co, an electronics and munitions company. He has a Doctor of Engineering degree in information technology from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Nuremberg and a PhD in System Theory Mathematics from Columbia Pacific University, San Francisco.
John Stroup, President and Chief Executive Officer of Belden, says: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Wolfgang Babel to this expanded role. He will lead not only our global industrial Ethernet and industrial connectivity businesses but also our legacy European operations. Having Wolfgang led this combined organisation will speed our evolution from a component supplier to a products provider and enable further progress in the overall effectiveness of our businesses based in Europe."