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Mr. Williamson to see Xerium European clothing Opts
Feb '08
Xerium Technologies Inc, a leading global manufacturer of clothing and roll covers used primarily in the paper production process, announced the appointments of David Pretty to President - Xerium North America, Peter Williamson to President - Xerium Europe and Joan "John" Badrinas Ardevol to Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Pretty has served as President - Weavexx, the Company's North American clothing operation, since December 2005, and prior to that held various sales, marketing and technical service positions with the Company and its predecessors since 1987. As President - Xerium North America, he assumes responsibility for the Company's North American roll covers operations, in addition to the clothing operations in that region.

Mr. Williamson has served as the Company's Managing Director - Stowe Woodward Europe, with responsibility for Xerium's European roll covers business since joining the Company in March 2006. Mr. Williamson had previously served as President of the product area engine group at Trelleborg AB and earlier as President - Metzler Automotive Hose Systems. As President - Xerium Europe, he will be responsible for the Company's European clothing operations, in addition to the roll covers operations in Europe.

John Badrinas, who had been the Company's President - Clothing Europe since joining Xerium in July 2006, will now be responsible for the Company's research and development activities in the new role of Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Xerium, Mr. Badrinas held various technology leadership positions at Trelleborg AB and Pendelastica SA.

Doug Milner, who had been President - Stowe Woodward Rolls Worldwide since joining the Company in February 2004, has left Xerium to pursue other opportunities. The Company expresses its thanks to Doug Milner for his service to Xerium over the last four years.

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