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Changing Places

Chaparral and Robalo Boats promoted Ann Baldree to vice president.

Baldree's career has spanned almost three decades with the company. Her extensive responsibilities include managing the company's worldwide sales network, which includes eight regional sales managers, 159 domestic dealers and 30 international dealers.

"Ann Baldree has shaped the nature and future of our company, and is highly respected by all. She has been instrumental in helping guide our company with strategic planning in many facets including dealer development, dealer relationships, financing, and product distribution," company president Jim Lane said in a statement.

Baldree is the 2008 winner of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Women of the Year award. She is also a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association boat board of directors.

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Bayliner added two to its marketing team.

Michelle Borja is the boat company's director of consumer marketing, responsible for Bayliner's consumer engagement activities.

Borja brings to Bayliner a decade of marketing experience, including strategic planning and tactical execution of marketing initiatives for print and electronic media. Most recently Borja served as vice president of marketing, press and partnership for Scripps Networks Interactive.

Bryan Clark also recently joined the Bayliner staff as marketing analyst. He is responsible for market-share analysis and other metrics to measure return on investment of Bayliner's marketing expenditures.

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John Wynne was appointed vice president, treasurer and interim chief financial officer by Clean Diesel Technologies Inc., which is based in Bridgeport, Conn.

Wynne takes over from Ann B. Ruple, whose employment with the company ceased as of April 19.

Previously a partner of executive services firm Tatum LLC since 2005, Wynne is a certified public accountant. He has also served as chief financial officer of Arbinet Corporation, a telecommunications company, from 2006-09 and before that was interim chief financial officer for North American Airlines Inc. from 2005 to 2006.

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