Twin Disc, Inc. announced the passing of Michael E. Batten, Chairman of Twin Disc, Inc. He died in his sleep on the morning of May 6, 2015 at the age of 75.
Batten worked at Twin Disc since June 1, 1970 and was fully devoted to the company and his family. His positive impression on the countless coworkers he worked with during his more than four decades of service at Twin Disc, as well as the greater community of his lifelong home of Racine, Wisconsin, will not be forgotten. Batten will be remembered for his hard work, dedication, intelligence, honesty and fairness.
The board of directors met on May 7, 2015 and appointed David B. Rayburn as Chairman. Rayburn has been a director of Twin Disc for more than 15 years and was a former President and Chief Executive Officer of a global NYSE company. Rayburn relinquished his position as Chairman of Twin Disc's Nominating and Governance Committee, and the board of directors appointed Michael C. Smiley, who has been a Twin Disc director since 2010, as the new Chairman of that Committee.