Rob August has assumed the presidency of BEVERAGE-AIR, an Ali Group company, succeeding Filippo Berti, who will be company chairman and continue as president of Ali North America. Tom Hotard, who previously was v.p.-operations and development at Beverage-Air, succeeds August as exec. v.p. Hotard will continue managing the Brookville, Pa., facility and engineering department. Beverage-Air makes its headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ali Group, is headquartered in Milan, Italy, and operates 67 brands in 24 countries.