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Atomation, a wireless sensor startup that moved its headquarters to St. Louis from Israel in 2017, has hired a former Emerson executive as its new chief executive.

Stephen Hassell, who was president of data center solutions at Emerson, replaces founder Guy Weitzman as Atomation's CEO. Weitzman, who moved to St. Louis after making connections through the GlobalSTL initiative and reaching a deal to place sensors on Ameren utility poles, will remain with the company and focus on delivering technology to customers.

Atomation, now based in Clayton, also said it recently closed a $3 million funding round, but did not provide details.

Atomation's technology connects dumb objects, such as pallets or factory equipment, to the internet so companies can spot problems and monitor the objects' use. 

Weitzman said in a statement that Hassell "is the best choice to lead Atomation through this phase of rapid growth."

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