Rohde & Schwarz announced that Jack Cowper, currently vice president of Rohde & Schwarz Inc., has been appointed president of Rohde & Schwarz Canada Inc.

He will continue to hold his current position as well, and reports directly to Wolfgang Schmittseifer, chief executive officer of Rohde & Schwarz Inc.

Cowper replaces Peter Foulger, who is retiring but will continue to serve as a member of the Rohde & Schwarz Canada Board of Directors and will pursue special projects for the company.

Jack Cowper has more than 15 years of experience in the test and measurement industry. He joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2000, and has served as marketing manager, director of marketing and currently as vice president.

In June 2004, Rohde & Schwarz substantially enhanced its facilities in both the US and Canada and began selling directly (rather than through a reseller) to more effectively serve its growing customer base. Along with Peter Foulger, Cowper was instrumental in seamlessly implementing this transition.

Before joining Rohde & Schwarz, Cowper served in sales, product marketing, strategic marketing and corporate management positions at Tektronix and Applied Microsystems. He received his BSEE degree from Pennsylvania State University, his MBA from the University of Oregon, and has completed the Harvard University Program for Management Development.

"Cowper's direct participation in the activities of both Rohde & Schwarz Canada and Rohde & Schwarz USA makes him uniquely suited for his new position," said Wolfgang Schmittseifer. "As president of Rohde & Schwarz Canada he will be able further reinforce the company's commitment to Canadian customers, while also strengthening the relationship between our US and Canadian organizations."

Peter Foulger joined Rohde & Schwarz Canada in 1990 as account manager for the Radio Communications and Radio Monitoring divisions. He later served as sales manager for test and measurement equipment, and was promoted to vice president, general manager and ultimately president of Rohde & Schwarz Canada.

He has been a member of the Rohde & Schwarz Canada Board of Directors since 2003. In his new role, Foulger will draw on his many years of experience to help the company further expand its presence in North America.