Modine Manufacturing Company (Modine) has appointed Thomas G. Cromwell as new regional vice president (VP) of Americas, effective February 1, 2009. Cromwell, VP of the company's Commercial Products Group, succeeds James R. Rulseh, who has announced his retirement. In his new position, he will oversee the company's North American and South American original equipment operations. He is a 16-year Modine veteran.

His immediate focus will be on implementing the reorganization announced in late 2008 and continuing to drive process and productivity improvements throughout those businesses. His successor in the Commercial Products Group will be named at a later date.

We are very pleased to have Tom in charge of our Americas region in these challenging times, said Thomas A. Burke, Modine president and chief executive officer. Tom has strong leadership skills and brings a broad range of experiences and proven record of success to the position. He has the technical knowledge and people focus we need to move the business forward, attributes he has consistently demonstrated in leading our Commercial Products Group.

As a head of Commercial Products Group, Cromwell has overseen the return to profitable growth in that business which sells various gases; steam/hot water, oil and electric heaters; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; chillers; and other products to commercial and the residential customers worldwide.

Since joining Modine in 1992, Cromwell has served in many operations and management positions, including Automotive Operations manager in Europe, general manager of the company’s European Heavy Duty business, general manager of Electronics Cooling and managing director of the Commercial Products Group. In addition to his experience at Modine, he spent four years with Tomkins PLC as VP of operations in that company’s Air Systems Components Group. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and is finishing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.