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Altra appoints Glenn E. Deegan VP, General Counsel and Secretary

Altra Holdings, Inc., a global supplier of clutch brakes, couplings, gearing, belted drives and power transmission components, has announced the appointment of Glenn E. Deegan as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, a new position for the company reporting directly to Altra's Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Deegan will be responsible for all corporate legal matters at Altra and its subsidiaries, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance with securities regulations and corporate governance matters.

"Glenn is ideally suited to fill our General Counsel position based on his combined legal, business and public company experience," said Michael L. Hurt, Altra's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "As we progress to our next phase of growth, Glenn's strong capabilities and background are welcome additions to the Altra Management Team."

Mr. Deegan brings to Altra more than 15 years of experience in managing complex legal and business matters including: securities and regulatory issues; corporate finance and transactions; intellectual property; litigation and employment issues.  Most recently, Mr. Deegan served as Vice President and General Counsel for Averion International Corp., a publicly traded provider of global clinical research services, where he was responsible for all company legal matters.  Previously, he served as Vice President and General Counsel at MacroChem Corporation, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and as assistant general counsel at Summit Autonomous (formerly Summit Technology, Inc.), a publicly traded manufacturer of ophthalmic laser systems.  Prior to that, he engaged in the private practice of law where he represented clients on a broad range of litigation matters. 

Mr. Deegan received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his bachelor's of science in engineering/physics/systems, magna cum laude, from Providence College.  He is a member of the American and Rhode Island Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel.