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Kemco Systems Inc., Clearwater, Fla., appointed John Pabalan, who works in the Bronx, N.Y. as northeast regional sales manager. In addition, Rick Warren was appointed Ohio Valley regional sales manager, covering six states from his home in Canton, Ohio.

James M. Shannon was unanimously elected president and CEO of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass., effective June 1. Shannon succeeds George D. Miller, who is retiring after 10 years.

ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, Okla., named James J. Mulva as president and CEO; Philip L. Frederickson as executive vice president; Gene L. Batchfelder as senior vice president and chief information officer; and Thomas C. Knudson as senior vice president, government affairs and communications.

Danfoss Inc., Baltimore, appointed Rudy Bocchinfuso as key account manager covering OEM customers in Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is based in Mississauga, Ont.

Speedline Technologies, Franklin, Mass., changed its name to Cookson Electronics Equipment Group. According to the company, the name change reflects its dedication to drive process synergies among the Cookson Electronics companies, which include Cookson Electronics, Cookson Electronics Equipment Group, Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials Group and Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry Group.

Hotpack, an SP Industries Co., Philadelphia, named Yury Zlobinsky president.

Mike Adams was appointed as Western U.S. sales manager for Cincinnati-based Advanced Research Technologies Inc.'s ISIS product line of infrared verification systems.

Watlow, a St. Louis-based thermal solutions provider, named Bruce D. Sabin senior project manager. Sabin assists Watlow's Global Leadership Team with the implementation, analysis, planning and control of key strategic and operational projects.

Wieland Electric Inc., Burgaw, N.C., promoted Marc Immordino to electronics product manager. Immordino will oversee the introduction of standard and hazardous location-approved products into the petrochemical industry. Also at Wieland, Buddy Mitchell was appointed application engineering leader.

Dr. Madan Bhasin, a senior scientist for Dow Chemical Co., South Charleston, W.V., received the 2001 Award in Chemical Engineering Practice from American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), New York City.

Drexel Western, Burnaby, B.C., a provider of technical products and services to process industries in western Canada, has agreed to distribute Phoenix-based MycroSensor Technologies' field measurement products in the region.

The State Electrical Board of North Dakota and the State Electrician's Board of New Hampshire voted to implement the 2002 edition of the National Electric Code (NEC), effective April 1, 2002, and July 1, 2002, respectively. The new edition of NEC includes more than 300 significant changes and marks the 49th edition of the code, which was first issued in 1897.

Moore Industries, North Hills, Calif., purchased Powers Process Controls Instrument Div., Skokie, Ill., a unit of Crane Corp. The acquisition includes Powers' family of multifunction 1/4 DIN single- and multiloop process controllers, 1/8 DIN process indicators and 1/4 DIN PID backup stationed for use on critical loops controlled by PLC, DCS and PC-based systems.

In other Moore news, the company reportedly is the first U.S. company awarded IEC 61508 safety certification to design and manufacture process instrumentation hardware for safety-related applications in high risk industries such as chemical, petrochemical and refinery.

Christopher Group Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., appointed Martin Gershenson to technical sales representative for the West Coast. His responsibilities include sales and technical support on both board and PCB assembly product lines in Northern and Southern California.