Chief Executive Officer
Ivo Jurek joined the Gates Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in May 2015 after spending the entirety of his career in the industrials area, both in the US and internationally where he has held senior leadership positions at some of the world’s leading industrial companies. Immediately prior to assuming his role at Gates, Ivo served as President of Eaton’s Electrical business in Asia Pacific. He served as Group President at Cooper Industries and a President at Cooper Bussmann. Prior to joining Cooper, he spent 10 years with International Rectifier Corporation, a leading power semiconductor company holding significant general management positions in their automotive and electronic motion systems businesses. He also spent over eight years at TRW Automotive in various leadership positions. His vision for Gates going forward includes his commitment to growth, innovation, and operational excellence.
Chief Financial Officer
David Naemura has served as Chief Financial Officer since March of 2015. Prior to joining Gates, David held a number of finance positions within Danaher Corporation. Most recently, he served as Group CFO for the Test and Measurement Segment as well as the Retail Petroleum platform businesses. Prior to working as Group CFO, David was CFO for the Communications Platform of businesses within Danaher’s Test and Measurement Segment. David has also served as operating company CFO for one of the Communications Platform businesses. David holds a BBA from Oregon State University and was a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Walt Lifsey joined Gates Corporation as Chief Operating Officer in August 2015 from View Inc., a world-class manufacturer of intelligent windows. He has more than 30 years’ experience in operations, marketing, finance, and information systems in such diverse industries as semiconductor, automotive, defense, and building products. Prior to his engagement at View, Walt served as COO of Atmel Corporation, a $1.5B semiconductor company, where he led the global operations team. Prior to joining Atmel, he was Executive Vice President of Operations at International Rectifier Corporation; Director of Global Marketing and Planning for AMP Inc.; and held various operational and financial management positions at TRW Corporation. He holds a BA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Rasmani Bhattacharya was appointed Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Gates Corporation in February, 2015. Prior to her appointment, Rasmani served as Assistant General Counsel since joining the company in 2011. In her role, Rasmani oversees all legal matters, corporate governance, and M&A activities for the organization, including the insurance, compliance, real estate, and environmental functions of the Gates Law Department. She holds a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, as well as a JD from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Gates, Rasmani served as a transactional attorney at Vinson & Elkins, a major international law firm.
Chief Information Officer
Michael Rhymes joined Gates Corporation as Chief Information Officer in October 2015 with responsibility for all IT operations globally for the company. In his role, Michael leads a global team of IT professionals in setting the strategic direction, execution, and support of Gates information systems infrastructure, security, and network operations. Michael has also held senior IT positions with Eaton Corporation, Cooper Industries, and Cap Gemini. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a MBA from Texas A&M University.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Roger Gaston joined Gates Corporation as Senior Vice President – Human Resources in August of 2016 from Avaya, a multibillion dollar enterprise under PE ownership where he served as Chief Human Resources Officer. An accomplished HR professional with significant experience in the public and private equity sectors, Roger has served as global head of HR for Storage Technology Corp. and SVP of HR for Toys R Us, Inc. among several other commercial enterprises. At Gates, Roger works to build and enhance the Gates HR function globally. He oversees talent management, recruiting, benefits, maintaining a healthy workforce, and talent development. Roger has been recognized for his work as an HR leader by being named “CHRO of the Year” in 2013 by the HRO Association. He holds a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
President, EMEA Region
Enzo Strappazzon is President, EMEA Region for Gates, responsible for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to Gates, Enzo was with Eaton where he held a number of senior management roles and most recently the position of SVP and GM, Industrial Controls & Protection Division EMEA and VP and GM for the Bussmann & Power Systems Division EMEA.
Prior to Eaton, he held senior leadership roles with Cooper Industries in the Bussmann division as VP and GM for the Global IEC Electrical Products business and MD for Bussmann EMEA & the Indian Subcontinent. Enzo started his career with Siemens AG and held various senior positions in Africa, China, the USA, and Europe before joining Cooper Industries. Enzo holds a Higher National Diploma and National Diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Johannesburg and a Management Advancement Program certification from the Witwatersrand University, South Africa.
Vice President / General Manager Gates Greater China
Wei Shen joined Gates Corporation as Vice President/General Manager of Gates Greater China in January 2016 with responsibility for all Gates business activities in China. Prior to Gates, Shen was with Eaton Electrical Sector where he held a number of senior management roles including positions of VP GM Distributed Power Quality, VP Sales Ops and Power Quality Marketing, and Business Unit Manager for distributed Power Quality SBU. Wei holds a MS in engineering management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MS in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BS in control engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Vice President, East Asia
TS Khoo joined Gates as Vice President, East Asia in January 2016 and leads the commercial teams across the East Asia region comprising five zones: Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India and is responsible for driving demand, orders, customer service, logistics, and warehousing. TS was previously with Eaton Electrical Sector where he held the role of VP Sales and Operations for East Asia. He is recognized across the industry and region for delivering sales and leadership excellence. He holds a diploma in computing and certifications in APICS and CPIM.
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Tom Pitstick serves as Chief Marketing Officer for the company with responsibility for the global marketing and product line functions around the world. Tom joined Gates as Senior Vice President, Innovation with responsibility for all Research & Development and Product Line Management around the world while driving closer alignment between what our end market customers need and the new, innovative products we engineer. He comes from the Electrical Sector of Eaton Corporation where he served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing – Electrical Sector. He also led the Business Development efforts at Cooper Industries prior to the merger with Eaton and has also worked in leadership roles for two different startup companies. Tom holds advanced business and engineering degrees from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Notre Dame University.