WFS Technologies has appointed Jim Darroch as a new chief technology officer to drive its evolving product portfolio and software development roadmap.Jim Darroch has been appointed CTO to own the company’s product vision and roadmap, and to expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demands for its existing product range.Jim brings with him a wealth of experience in leading engineering teams and the development of Internet of Things product strategies, most recently where he was globally accountable for the delivery of an Intelligent IoT Edge ecosystem in Honeywell’s ‘Connected Enterprise’ organisation.Prior to Honeywell, Jim spent several years at Artesyn (formerly Emerson) as senior director and vice president of Engineering, leading the planning and execution of the company’s global software and product engineering strategies.“WFS impressed me as a clear thought leader in developing subsea wireless and compute technology to solve customers’ problems in some of the world’s harshest operating environments,” Jim said.“While there is a great deal of synergy with other emerging IoT use cases, Subsea IoT presents enough challenges and opportunities to make WFS a fascinating place to work.“With a solid technology foundation and a talented development team already in place, I am incredibly excited to join the team at this time to help drive, and deliver, our product vision.”
By Jeremy Fox WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (April 26) – Myles Michehl debuted a new car and won a thriller in the Casady Brothers Implement IMCA Hobby Stock 15-lap feature on opening night Saturday at Hamilton County Speedway. Michel worked his way up from seventh starting to challenge Randy Embrey and finally gained the lead on lap 11. He went on to take the win while Craig Graham worked his way by Embrey late in the race to finish second with Embrey in third. Mundt and Roe finish fourth and fifth respectively.The Chalfant Plumbing and Neighbors Heating and Cooling IMCA Late Model 20-lap feature saw Darrel DeFrance and Curt Schroeder on the front row. The initial start was called off but on the restart it was DeFrance grabbing the lead.DeFrance never looked back as he cruised on to the easy win. Schroeder finish second. Chase Ellingson and Nick Roberts lead the George White Chevrolet IMCA Modifiedfield to the green and it was Roberts grabbing the lead and never looking back as he won by a full straightaway.Mark Elliott worked his way to second and tried to chase down the youngster but was unable to do so and settled for second. Jared Van Deest was first across the finish line in a Conley’s Trucking IMCA Northern SportMod feature that ended green, white, checkered.Tommy Beekman lead the entire distance in the eight-lap Oberhelman Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature. After being rained out the two previous weeks, Hamilton County Speedway got its 76th season underway with 77 race teams signed in to compete for new promoter Jason Van Sickel.
Press Association Here Press Association Sport’s Olawale Kuponipe takes a look at the list of departures in recent seasons. TOBY ALDERWEIRELD Now 26, the Belgian centre-back joined the Saints on loan from Atletico Madrid having formed a formidable partnership with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen at Ajax. Alderweireld was a centrepiece in a Ronald Koeman defence which conceded 33 goals in the Premier League last season, second only to champions Chelsea. With fellow Belgian international team-mates Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Vertonghen, Alderweireld will now ply his trade in north London after joining Tottenham for an undisclosed fee from Atletico, despite Southampton believing they had an option to buy the centre-back for £6.8million. NATHANIEL CLYNE Clyne developed into a consistent performer in Southampton’s defence since joining the club in 2012. An impressive 2014-15 campaign helped him earn his first England cap in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia. Liverpool signed the 24-year-old defender for a reported £12.5million fee on a five-year deal this summer, joining former team mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren at the Merseyside club. RICKIE LAMBERT Having spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues, Lambert joined Southampton in 2009. The striker became the driving force in Southampton’s back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League, winning Championship Player of the Year award with 27 goals. The forward went on to score 28 goals in 75 games in his two seasons in the Premier League before “fulfilling a dream” and joining boyhood idols Liverpool for £4million. Now 33, he has failed to make an impact at the Merseyside club thus far, scoring twice in 25 games. DEJAN LOVREN After spending three-and-a-half years at Lyon, winning the 2012 Coupe de France, Southampton beat off stiff competition from Inter Milan and Tottenham to land the Croatian centre-back. Lovren spent one season at St Mary’s, helping Saints to an impressive eighth-placed Premier League finish. Liverpool continued their Southampton summer spree by making Lovren, now 26, their third signing from the south-coast club – moving to Anfield for £20million. Lovren’s Liverpool career has been marred with a number of inconsistent performances including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Beşiktaş where his skied penalty attempt lead to elimination in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. ADAM LALLANA Southampton have had great success in bringing talent through their own academy and signing players who prove to have good sell-on value. Lallana joined Southampton at the age of 12 and became a prominent figure at the club, playing a huge role in back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League. The midfielder made his England debut in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley and has gone on to earn 15 caps for his country. An impressive 2013-14 season saw Lallana score nine goals and provide five assists in 37 games, ensuring him a place alongside fellow team-mate Luke Shaw in the 2014 PFA Team of the Year. Following England’s World Cup exit, Brendan Rodgers made Lallana his second summer signing, securing a £25million deal for the former Saints skipper. LUKE SHAW Shaw emerged into one of the most promising prospects to emerge from the Saints academy. His Premier League performances saw him rewarded with a place in the 2013-14 PFA Team of the Year. The full-back made his England debut against Denmark in a 1-0 friendly win, replacing Ashley Cole at half-time . A host of clubs were queueing up to sign the teenager, but Manchester United eventually signed him for £31million last summer, although injury marred the 19-year-old’s first Old Trafford campaign.