Twin Disc appoints president and COO

RACINE, Wis. – Marine transmission manufacturer Twin Disc, Inc.’s board of directors has elected John Batten to president and chief operating officer effective July 1, the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Since 2004, Batten, 42, has been executive vice president responsible for European operations and global marine strategy and product development. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Colorado and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, Batten previously served as vice president, general manager of marine and propulsion, commercial manager – marine propulsion, and applications engineer since joining the company in 1996. He was elected a director of the company in 2002.

In his new position, Batten will be responsible for all manufacturing operations, as well as marketing, engineering, human resources and global distribution. This position permanently fills the void that occurred in July 2006 when Michael Joyce, then President and chief operating officer retired. He will report to Michael Batten, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.

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