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General Signal names new president for EST business unit; Unit to expand services, international markets.

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 1997--General Signal Corporation has announced the appointment of Julian B Julian B is a Native American rapper. Of Muskogee heritage, Julian B's music is frequently political, with lyrics reminiscent of those of the rap group Public Enemy. . ("Jay") Twombly to the presidency of its Edwards Systems Technologies (EST EST electroshock therapy.

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) business unit, headquartered in Cheshire, Conn. In this position, Twombly will report to General Signal chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Michael D. Lockhart.

Since 1991, Twombly (50), has been vice president and treasurer of General Signal Corporation. Previously, he was with United Dominion Industries (1973-91), where he held positions as group vice president, financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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; senior vice president, restructuring; and senior vice president and treasurer.

Twombly is vice chairman of the Manufacturers' Alliance, Financial Council One; a member of the Financial Executives Institute, for which he serves on the national committee for corporate finance; and vice chairman of the Forum for World Affairs Noun 1. world affairs - affairs between nations; "you can't really keep up with world affairs by watching television"
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, based in Stamford, Conn. He has a BA degree in economics from St. Lawrence University St. Lawrence University is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the village of Canton in Saint Lawrence County, New York. Founded in 1856, it is the oldest coeducational university in the state of New York. , and an MBA MBA
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 in Finance from the Tuck School of Dartmouth College Dartmouth College, at Hanover, N.H.; coeducational; chartered 1769, opened 1770, the ninth colonial college (see Wheelock, Eleazar). Originally a men's college, Dartmouth began admitting women in 1972. . He and his family live in New Canaan New Canaan (kā`nən), town (1990 pop. 17,864), Fairfield co., SW Conn.; settled c.1700, inc. 1801. It is mainly a residential town and suburb of nearby New York City. Silvermine Guild Arts Center is located there. , Conn.

Regarding the appointment, Michael D. Lockhart said, "In Jay Twombly, General Signal has an individual of keen business insight and superior financial acumen. During the past year, Jay has worked very closely with a number of General Signal businesses, supporting their growth and operational effectiveness. His outstanding performance in these endeavors gives us great confidence in his ability to effectively lead EST into the future. Working with his leadership team, Jay will drive the achievement of EST's significant opportunities in fire protection technology and service, in both North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  and internationally."

Twombly added, "I am pleased to join a business which has EST's outstanding reputation for quality fire protection products and excellent service to its distributors and OEMs. I look forward to continuing what have been very successful relationships with these key customers, while also significantly expanding our service capabilities and international presence, especially throughout Southeast Asia."

Twombly has created an office of the president organizational structure to support EST's initiatives. The purpose is to fully integrate the key business functions of new product development, sales, marketing and service, enhance operational effectiveness, and fully leverage the strengths and expertise of key managers who are critical to EST's success. This will help ensure a clear focus on the customer and speed the product development cycle.

Operating as a member of the office of the president is Timothy J. Mellen (48), executive vice president, service. EST expects to double its service business in low-voltage life safety systems over the next three years, and Mellen will lead this critical initiative. He will also support EST's national accounts and strategic alliance partners.

Larry Costa (46) joins the office of the president as executive vice president, engineering, and U.S. sales and marketing. Costa was a founding partner of the FAST fire alarm company, which was purchased by General Signal in 1992. In his new role, Costa will continue to be the primary technology advisor for EST, and will oversee all US sales and marketing initiatives from his base at EST's Sarasota, Fla., facility.

General Signal Corporation, with anticipated 1996 sales of more than $2 billion, is a leading manufacturer of quality products serving the process control, electrical control and industrial technology industries throughout the world.

CONTACT: General Signal Corporation, Stamford

Sue Warner, 203/329-4322

Fax: 203/968-7014

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