MENDOTA — Brian Nelson has been named president of HCC Inc. effective Jan. 1, 2014, succeeding Don Bickel.
N\elson has been the senior vice president and chief operating officer of HCC for the past two years and has served as a member of the HCC Board of Directors for the four years prior to joining the staff.
Former President Don Bickel will assume the role of executive vice president in 2014, and will continue as an integral member of the board of directors. This transition is the culmination of a succession plan that has been developed over the past two years.
Nelson holds a BSBA in marketing and economics from the University of Nebraska and an MBA in finance from Western Illinois University, and has had a broad career in senior leadership. Prior to joining HCC, he served as senior vice president of business strategy and held other senior managerial positions with global responsibilities at Haldex Hydraulics in Rockford for 21 years. Prior to Haldex, Nelson lent his managerial expertise to Vickers Inc. in Omaha, Neb. (now Eaton), and J.I. Case in Burlington, Iowa (CNH).
HCC has manufacturing operations in Mendota and Curitiba, Brazil.