Yokogawa Electric Corporation has appointed Ian Verhappen to be the Managing Director of Yokogawa Canada Inc. reporting to Yokogawa Corporation America President Mr. Chester J. Mroz. In this position, Mr. Verhappen will be responsible for overseeing all Yokogawa business operations in Canada. With his experience and reputation as a strong leader in the industrial automation industry, Yokogawa is well positioned to expand its business in the Canadian market.
Mr. Verhappen’s professional career covers a broad range of engineering, managerial, consulting and executive positions with a leading oil sands operator, automation suppliers, and consultants, and engineering societies. Mr. Verhappen spent the first 25 years of his career in the upstream hydrocarbon industry with Petro-Canada (now Suncor) and Syncrude Canada Ltd. gaining exposure to the full spectrum of the oil and gas as well as the oil sands sector. Mr. Verhappen left the Oil Sands industry for MTL Instruments (now part of Cooper Crouse-Hinds) where he was responsible for the development of worldwide business strategy and results for MTL’s global industrial networking business. More recently, Mr. Verhappen has been working in the engineering services business as a global consultant assisting clients with their process plant networking, digital field systems, process control and safety systems, process analyser systems and automation projects.
Mr. Chet Mroz, President of Yokogawa Corporation America had the following to say about the appointment: “Mr. Verhappen is well recognized within our industry as someone who quickly identifies the customers’ core problem and understands how technology can be used to provide cost effective solutions to the issue at hand. I believe that his experience, industry knowledge, understanding of the Canadian market, as well as his strong leadership, will help expand our business in Canada by providing customer services excellence.”
He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Certified Automation Professional. He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta.He has been an active volunteer member of the International Society of Instrumentation, of which he is a Fellow, for many years. He has served in senior society positions in the publications and strategic planning as well as much activity in the standards area. He is co-author – with Augusto Pereira – of “Foundation Fieldbus,” which recently issued its fourth edition, published by ISA.
Mr. Verhappen, born and raised in Western and Northern Canada, will be based in Yokogawa Canada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.