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Industry News Atlas Copco Construction Names a New President to Lead North American Growth Atlas Copco Construction has appointed Scott Carnell as President of its U.S. division. Carnell replaces Erik Sparby, who has accepted the role of General Manager, Customer Center CR Greater China. Carnell will lead the company in growing each of its product lines, including construction tools, portable energy, and road construction equipment within the contractor, dealer, and rental industries across North America. “Atlas Copco has always been committed Scott Carnell to the success of this industry, which is also something I’m passionate about,” Carnell said. “I look forward to driving that commitment and building our support network in North America even further.” Carnell brings more than 32 years of industry experience to his role, the last 10 of which have been with Atlas Copco. Carnell served as the Business Line Manager for the Atlas Copco portable energy business area, where he led the market expansion of the air compressor and generator lines. Just prior to his new role, Carnell was the President of Atlas Copco Rental in North America, based in LaPorte, TX. Carnell said he looks forward to renewing relationships with the construction industry, including dealers and rental centers as well as with the Atlas Copco support team. His depth of knowledge of the company and product lines will provide a seamless transition and allow him to ramp up efforts quickly while his fresh perspective will help drive growth even faster. “It’s not just about me or Atlas Copco,” Carnell said. “It’s about the customers and what they need, Atlas Copco and the equipment it can provide them, and our strong support team. I want to help bring that all together.” Atlas Copco Appoints Cheney, Blais to New Leadership Roles Atlas Copco Mining, Rock Excavation and Construction, has appointed Shawn Cheney to the position of Business Line Manager – Rock Drilling Tools, and Jason Blais to Cheney’s former position as Vice President of Specialty Stores. Torbjorn Redaelli, President and General Manager of Atlas Copco Mining, Rock Excavation and Construction LLC, said, “Shawn’s industry experience with distributors, business lines, and store channel sales, coupled with his strong results-driven approach, makes Shawn well-suited for this position.” Cheney joined Atlas Copco as the Vice President of its Road Construction Equipment company in 2010 after holding a variety Shawn Cheney of management positions over 13 years for other companies. Cheney earned his Jason Blais Mechanical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, and his MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Redaelli said, “The vast experience Jason has held in several positions during his career with Atlas Copco, not to mention his own experience as an end-user in the industry, gives him a unique skillset and the overall expertise in the mining and construction business to ensure his success in his new position.” After joining Atlas Copco Construction and Mining as a Service Technician and Sales Support Representative in 1997, Blais assumed the position of Technical Product Specialist and Service Coordinator, becoming a Demo and Training Specialist in 1999. In 2001, Blais became an Area Sales Manager until his promotion to Store Manager of the Abingdon, MD, Customer Center in 2007. Blais was also Product Manager for down-the-hole drilling products and most recently Regional Manager for Atlas Copco stores in the Southeast United States region since 2012. 52 Shotcrete • Fall 2016


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