Executive Team

Ivo Jurek

Ivo Jurek

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.

David Naemura

David Naemura

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.

Walt Lifsey

Walt Lifsey

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.

Jamey Seely

Jamey Seely

EVP & 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.

Tom Pitstick

Tom Pitstick

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.

Roger Gaston

Roger Gaston

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.

Michael Rhymes

Michael Rhymes

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.

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Grant Gawronski

President, Americas

Grant Gawronski has served as Gates’ President, Americas Region since December 2017, with responsibility for the Americas commercial first-fit and replacement channels along with the company’s global oil & gas business. Mr. Gawronski has broad leadership experience, most recently holding the position of Group President – Electrical Industrial and Infrastructure at Eaton Corporation. Prior to this role, he served in numerous leadership roles at Cooper Industries, including Group President responsible for the Cooper Crouse-Hinds and Cooper B-Line organizations. Prior to Cooper, Mr. Gawronski held several international leadership positions with General Electric.

Enzo Strappazzon

Enzo Strappazzon

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.

Wei Shen

Wei Shen

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.

Ts Khoo

Ts Khoo

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.