Ernest Nicolas, currently vice president of global supply chain, has been promoted to senior vice president, Operations & Engineering Services (OES) at Rockwell Automation. He will have global leadership accountability for the six functions in OES that include Global Supply Chain (Strategic Sourcing, Materials, Logistics and Customer Care), Quality & Continuous Improvement, Engineering Services, Manufacturing Operations, Manufacturing Services and Workplace Services.

Nicolas will lead more than 9,500 OES employees and contractors and 19 manufacturing plants globally. Nicolas joined Rockwell Automation in 2006 as a Lean, Six Sigma Project Manager and has held several roles within the OES functions, including vice president of Global Supply Chain and vice president of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management; director of Asia Pacific Manufacturing Operations; and plant manager of Twinsburg Operations. Before Rockwell Automation, Nicolas spent nine years in various roles at General Motors Corporation.