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Ideal Jason Butchko new GM for Networks – Jouke Rijpstra retiring


November 10, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Ideal Industries has appointed Jason Butchko to General Manager of its Networks Division succeeding Jouke Rijpstra, who is retiring next year. Butchko will be responsible for managing the performance and strategic direction of the network and electrical testing business units, along with the company’s line of datacom products, which include installation tools and connection supplies.

“We are excited to welcome Jason to IDEAL,” said Jim James, Ideal
president and CEO, to whom Butchko now reports. “We’re confident in his
ability to translate fast-changing technology into solutions that will
help elevate the Ideal brand worldwide with data communications
professionals.”

Butchko will be based in San Diego, Calif., the network testing
business unit’s HQ. He brings over 20 years of senior executive
experience to Ideal; most recently, he served as vice-president of
business development for Westco Scientific Instruments Inc.—a privately
held manufacturer of instrumentation and sample prep equipment for
environmental, industrial, chemical and clinical laboratories.

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