CANTON, OH—The Timken Company, manufacturer of friction management and power transmission products, has named Kari Groh to the position of vice president, communications and public relations. Groh currently is general manager of organizational effectiveness on the company’s IT leadership team. Groh began her career at Timken in 1975 and in 1977 joined the company’s public relations team and subsequently managed several areas of communications. She was named general manager of inside sales in the company’s bearing business in 1998 and then advanced through a series of operating roles, ultimately assuming responsibility for global customer service, warehouse management and logistics for the distribution business.
POUGHKEEPSIE—CH Energy Group has appointed Denise VanBuren to the position of corporate secretary and vice president of corporate communications. VanBuren joined the energy holding company’s regulated utility Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation in 1993, serving most recently as vice president of public affairs and energy efficiency.
MIAMI—Southern Wine & Spirits of America, a leading wine and spirits distributor, has promoted Lee Brian Schrager from director of media relations and special events to vice president, corporate communications and national events. Schrager will be responsible for expanding relationships in the local markets in which Southern Wine & Spirits operates and exploring large scale events that expose the company and its suppliers’ brands to both retailers and consumers. Schrager joined Southern Wine & Spirits in 2000, after being with the InterContinental Hotel Group for more than 15 years.