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
L. Brooks Mallard has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2020. He has broad experience in corporate and operational finance, having joined Gates from Henniges, a global supplier of highly engineered sealing and anti-vibration systems, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Henniges, Brooks was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jeld-Wen, where he helped transition the company from private to public ownership through an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. He also has held senior financial leadership roles with TRW, Cooper Industries, Thomas & Betts and Briggs & Stratton during his 25-year career. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
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
Jamey Seely joined Gates Corporation from Ion Geophysical, a leading international technology firm in the global oil and gas industry, where she served in the capacity of General Counsel leading all international corporate law and governance matters across multiple continents for the firm. Prior to her engagement at Ion Geophysical, Jamey held executive leadership responsibility at NRG Energy, a Fortune 300 company and the nation's largest power generator. She also served as General Counsel at Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA), and Direct Energy. Additionally, Jamey has private practice experience as a partner at Thompson & Knight LLC, a premier law firm in Houston, Texas. Among her professional accomplishments, Jamey was named as an "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer" for 2017 by the National Law Journal and was also one of the "Top Women in Energy for 2016" by Texas Lawyer. She holds a BA from Baylor University and a JD from SMU's Dedman School of Law.
Senior Vice President & 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.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Roger Gaston joined Gates Corporation as Senior Vice President of 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.
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.
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Having joined Gates in December 2017, Grant Gawronski is responsible for all commercial operations in The Americas and EMEA regions, and the company’s global oil and gas business. Prior to joining Gates, Grant served as President, Electrical Industrial and Infrastructure for Eaton Corporation from 2012 to 2017. In that role, he oversaw a portfolio that included global oil and gas business units, the power quality business unit and all Eaton electrical business units in Latin America and Canada. He has also served in numerous leadership roles at Cooper Industries, including Group President responsible for the Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Safety, and Cooper B-Line organizations, and has held a several leadership positions within General Electric, including GM Six Sigma Quality and GM Asia Pacific Operations for the lighting channel.
Vice President and General Manager, Europe and Africa
Tony Dugdale is responsible for creating and implementing the strategic direction of the Gates Europe and Africa regions and optimizing performance, compliance and social responsibility for the regional business functions. Prior to joining Gates in October 2017, Tony was Senior Director, Regional Supply Chain and Procurement at Infineon Technologies, a $7b global business. Preceding this, he was Vice President, Supply Chain at International Rectifier Corporation, a $1.3b leading power semiconductor company. Attending college in the UK and graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, he has had a progressive management career with direct responsibilities over Manufacturing, Procurement, and Supply Chain functions, as well as leading M&A, ERP implementation and organization development activities.
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.