Shank Shanmugabaskaran appointed CIO at The RDI Group

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The RDI Group, a global leader in engineered capital equipment, supporting various industries including asphalt roofing, metal coil processing, power & utilities and contract manufacturing, has named Shank Shanmugabaskaran as Chief Information Officer.

Shank will lead a re-energized and strengthened marketing program at RDI, and these new responsibilities will leverage his existing expertise and roles relative to information technology, online presence and overall management of information...

Over the past five years, from Manager to most recently Vice President of Information Technology and Business Process, Mr. Shanmugabaskaran has upgraded RDI’s IT environment, executed the deployment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP and streamlined processes with workflow management tool BPMContext to help deliver the company mission of “Building Great Machines”. In his new position, Mr. Shanmugabaskaran will also lead the company’s marketing effort designed to support revenue growth, and execute a global strategy connecting equipment, consumable parts, preventative maintenance and service with customers. “There are various platforms and technologies that we will leverage. Integration of The Internet of Things, the ability for our customer to predict consumable part wear and failure; and helping our customers identify promising investments they can make to meet their manufacturing goals. Our products and services continue to change as our customer’s needs change, and we will communicate our solutions for each of our product lines,” Shanmugabaskaran has stated.

“Shank will lead a re-energized and strengthened marketing program at RDI, and these new responsibilities will leverage his existing expertise and roles relative to information technology, online presence and overall management of information throughout our company,” states Curtis Maas, Chairman and CEO at The RDI Group. “His leadership and results-oriented creativity will help drive our marketing effort to better serve our customers.”

Prior to joining The RDI Group, Mr. Shanmugabaskaran was Manager of Information Technology for GeoAnalytics, where he led the successful deployments of cloud based spatial data analysis, predicative analytics, and business intelligence platforms. Mr. Shanmugabaskaran has also served as IT Manager for the Medical School Computer Labs at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, providing support for students and faculty users in the Medical School.

Mr. Shanmugabaskaran’s educational background includes a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is also a Certified Scrum Master and Six Sigma Green Belt.

About The RDI Group
The RDI Group, a global leader and parent company of Reichel & Drews, Chicago Slitter, RDI Laser Blanking Systems, and RDI Enclosures & Systems, specializes in the design and manufacture of industrial systems for diverse, worldwide markets including asphalt roofing, construction, telecommunications, power and metal coil processing industries. Respected for innovation and reliability, the machinery and manufacturing solutions designed and built by The RDI Group have been helping customers improve productivity and profits for more than 110 years. The RDI Group is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, USA and has a sales office in Beijing, China. For more information about The RDI Group, visit http://www.therdigroup.com.

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