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Industrial internet expert takes the reins at Rockwell

Scott Wooldridge, formerly of Citect, Schneider Electric and Energy Action, has been appointed managing director for Australia and New Zealand by Rockwell Automation.

In his role, Scott will oversee sales and business operations in Australia and New Zealand and be responsible for Rockwell’s growth and performance.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with our key distributors, system integrators, end users and OEMs to make sure they continue to be well supported with power, automation and data management solutions and services,” said Wooldridge.

Wooldridge has an engineering and sales background in the automation and energy industries both within Australia and the US. He commenced his career in project engineering and management prior to working for Citect as vice president of professional services in Chicago, then vice president of sales in Georgia. He returned to Australia as managing director for Citect. Following Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Citect, Wooldridge moved to the role of vice president, industry business for Schneider Electric. Most recently, he was chief executive officer of the ASX-listed company, Energy Action.

With extensive experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data space, Wooldridge says is looking forward to leveraging his domain knowledge to help customers address challenges they are facing.

“Connectivity is expected everywhere now — the need to securely align information technology with operational technology to share data transparently, while retaining data integrity, is critical to support improved business productivity outcomes across the organisation. My key focus is to help customers understand the business outcomes connected ecosystems deliver, instead of focusing on individual components,” he said.

In describing why he was attracted to Rockwell Automation, Wooldridge emphasised the company’s dedication to industrial automation and information.

“A key strength of Rockwell Automation is that it is the largest company dedicated to industrial automation, it lives and breathes automation,” he said.

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