DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – The VIPAR Heavy Duty board of directors has named Chris Baer president of VHD Equipment Network LLC, a separate buying group wholly owned by VIPAR Heavy Duty. In his new role, Baer will have overall management responsibility for VHD Equipment Network, the first buying group to offer membership to commercial vehicle truck equipment distributors in North America, according to VIPAR. Baer has been overseeing VHD Equipment Network since its inception in 2008. He will continue in his role as vice president at VIPAR Heavy Duty with responsibility for program management, and marketing and communications groups. “Chris is a tireless worker and well-regarded by everyone in our organization. On behalf of the board, stockholders and staff, we congratulate him on his new responsibilities,” said Steve Crowley, president and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “This appointment demonstrates our commitment to grow our footprint in the commercial vehicle truck equipment segment among distributors and suppliers.” Baer joined VIPAR Heavy Duty in January 2002 as director of program management. In November 2003, the board of directors of VIPAR Heavy Duty named Baer a vice president and corporate officer. Previously, Baer was with Chicago Rawhide/SKF for 17 years in a variety of sales management roles, including director of automotive sales. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.