August 13, 2014

Strata Products Worldwide LLC announced principal transitions in its executive management team.

 - Rory Paton-Ash will be retiring as Chief Executive Officer, but will remain on as an active board member.
 - Mike Berube will be transitioning from President and Chief Operating Officer to President and Chief Executive Officer.
 - Mark Sanders will be transitioning from President of Strata Proximity Systems to Chief Operating Officer.

Strata Products Worldwide was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1992, and Rory Paton-Ash has since served as its president and CEO. Over the last 22 years under his leadership, Strata has grown from a timber roof supports manufacturer and supplier exclusively in the United States coal mining market to a global leader in mine safety products and technologies across all types of mining.

“I have decided that the timing is right for me to retire as CEO, and I am very pleased to announce that Mike Berube will take over as CEO of Strata Worldwide. I will, however, retain a position on the Board of Directors. I believe the company is very well positioned to continue to grow and prosper under the new management,” said Paton-Ash.

Mike Berube joined Strata in 2010, bringing with him over 20 years of business management, sales and product development expertise. Prior to joining Strata, Mike served as Director of Global Data Solutions for Argon ST, now Boeing. As COO, Mike oversaw the day-to-day operations of the company, strategy, sales and marketing with responsibility for bottom-line profitability.

“We are fortunate to move into this next phase with Rory as a supporting board member, helping drive growth and continued success. The management team and I are extremely proud to lead Strata in the execution of our projected growth plan,” Berube stated.

Mark Sanders joined Strata in 2012 after 26 years of service at Joy Global. He was the former Joy Global Vice President of Corporate Marketing and brought decades of mining experience to his position at Strata. Mark has a strong market understanding, operations expertise and international business development experience.

“With Mark’s big-business track record he is not only a great asset in the running of the day-to-day operations, but he will also continue to streamline our business processes and help drive our growth through operational efficiency,” Berube said.


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