Tata Technologies Names John Howaniec President, PLM Solutions: India’s Tata Technologies has a new president for product lifecycle mangement products and services. John Howaniec, Tata’s new president of PLM solutions, will be based at Tata’s Novi office. In this position, Howaniec has responsibility for leading North American, European and Asia-Pacific PLM Solutions operations and reports directly to Warren Harris, Tata Technologies president and COO. Howaniec brings to his role more than 20 years of executive leadership and sales management experience in this industry sector. Most recently, he served as senior vice president for Americas sales operations at MSC Software. Before joining MSC, he was president and CEO of Cohesia, an early stage enterprise software company. Prior to Cohesia, Howaniec was regional president at EDS, where he was responsible for the sales, services, and marketing of the UGS PLM line of enterprise software products in the Americas. Prior to EDS, he held executive positions at Structural Dynamics Research Corp., including vice president of Eastern Region Operations, vice president of operations at  Metaphase Technology Division and regional manager of PDM sales. Howaniec holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and an MBA from Xavier University. Tata Technologies is headquartered in Singapore, with regional headquarters offices in the United States (Novi), India (Pune) and the United Kingdom (Luton). The company has a combined global work force of more than 4,000 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, visit www.tatatechnologies.com.

Plante & Moran Elects Six New Partners and One Affiliated Entity Member: Southfield-based Plante & Moran PLLC, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, elected six new partners and one affiliated entity member. Gregory J. Cahalan, CPA, provides tax consulting services to clients in the real estate industry. He specializes in structuring transactions involving LLCs, partnerships, and S Corporations and consults with sponsors of, investors in, and developers of properties that employ federal and state real estate incentive tax credits. Brian Franey, CPA, provides external and internal accounting, tax planning, and merger and acquisition accounting services to clients in the financial institution, real estate, and construction industries. He has significant experience related to SEC reporting and regulations and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 implementation and facilitation. Doug Hockenbrocht, CPIM, focuses on improving manufacturers’ operational performance through information technology. His specific areas of expertise include IT due diligence, ERP assessment, selection, and implementation, project management, and contract negotiation. Martin J. Olejnik, CPA, specializes in providing assurance, tax, and consulting services to clients in the manufacturing and distribution and governmental industries. Terry A. Olejnik, CPA, provides assurance, tax, and consulting services to clients in the real estate & construction, service, and insurance industries. Timothy Wendt, CFP, CIMA, of Plante Moran Financial Advisors provides wealth management services, including portfolio design and management, retirement planning, estate planning, insurance planning, and education funding, for high net worth individuals and their families. Paul R. Wills, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, entity member with Plante Moran CRESA, provides strategic planning and program management services to the K-12 and governmental sectors. Plante & Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services.  Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. More at www.plantemoran.com.

Danotek Appoints Amiee Andrzejewski to Director of Human Resources: Danotek Motion Technologies, a clean energy innovation company based in Canton Township, promoted Amiee Andrzejewski to director of human resources. With a strong background in human resource strategy, Andrzejewski will oversee all Danotek’s human resource activities, including work force planning and compensation, employee relations, training and performance management. Talent recruitment also is a key responsibility. Danotek is a fast-growing technology business that currently seeks to hire some 15 new employees in research and development, executive leadership and nanagement support. The company has hired 20 new employees in the past 18 months. Prior to Danotek, Amiee served as Vice President of Human Resources at Grant Technical Services, a firm that provides workforce solutions in such specialized services as engineering, manufacturing and information technology. She also served 10 years as Human Resources and Training Manager at Metro Credit Union. Danotek Motion Technologies develops and manufactures highly efficient energy conversion systems for the energy and transportation industries. Danotek has patents pending on several innovative products, including permanent magnet generators and power electronics for wind turbines as well as variably speed propulsion and accessory drives for the electric and hybrid electric vehicle markets. The company is based in Canton Township. For more information visit www.danotekmotion.com.

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