Chief Executive Officer
Ivo Jurek joined 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 as 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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Cristin C. Bracken has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since October 2020. Ms. Bracken joined the Company in January 2017, previously serving as its Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Compliance and Litigation, and then serving as its interim General Counsel prior to her appointment as Chief Legal Officer. As Chief Legal Officer, Ms. Bracken is responsible for all legal functions for Gates, including securities and corporate governance, M&A, litigation, commercial, regulatory, compliance, patents and trademarks, real estate, employment and labor, and environmental matters. Ms. Bracken has extensive experience as a lawyer specializing in compliance, complex litigation, risk management, regulatory, commercial agreements and transactions, and employment law for public and private equity-backed corporations. Prior to joining Gates, she held senior legal leadership roles in both the oil and gas and energy trading industries at companies such as SM Energy Company, Forest Oil Corporation and Dynegy Inc. She also previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Houston, Texas. Ms. Bracken began her legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in its Dallas office.
Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence
Chris Cooney is Senior Vice President Operational Excellence for Gates, since 2022. He is responsible for maintaining a culture focused on safety, quality, lean manufacturing principles, integrating our supply chain function and continuous improvement. Prior to joining Gates, Chris spent over 15 years as a VP, Operations for Cooper Industries & Eaton Corporation, driving strong manufacturing results, developing and implementing strategic vision, and executing on key growth and margin improvement initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Grant Gawronski has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer since December 2018 and recently notified the Company of his intention to retire, effective by the end of the second quarter of 2023. His commercial responsibilities include the first-fit and replacement businesses as well as oversight of the Company’s Thermoplastic Polyurethane belting and global oil & gas businesses and its East Asia & India commercial region. Mr. Gawronski joined Gates in 2017 as President, Americas, and has broad leadership experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gawronski served as President, Electrical Industrial and Infrastructure for Eaton Corporation from 2012 to 2017. In that role, Mr. Gawronski 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. Prior to that, Mr. Gawronski served as Group President at Cooper Industries, and in significant general management positions at GE Lighting.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
L. Brooks Mallard has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2020. As CFO, Mr. Mallard manages Gates’ global corporate finance and accounting functions, including capital structure, resource allocation, financial reporting and the maintenance of the global internal control systems. Previously, Mr. Mallard served as the Chief Financial Officer of Henniges Automotive, a global supplier of highly engineered sealing and anti-vibration systems for the automotive market, beginning June 2019. Prior to Henniges Automotive, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jeld-Wen beginning in November 2014, where he helped take the company from being private equity held, through an initial public offering on the NYSE. He also has held senior financial leadership roles with TRW Automotive, Cooper Industries plc, Thomas & Betts, and Briggs & Stratton during his career.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Gwen Montgomery has served as our Senior Vice President— Global Human Resources since June 2021 and previously served as our Vice President —Corporate HR & Total Rewards. As Senior VP of Human Resources, Ms. Montgomery works to build and enhance the Gates human resources function globally. She oversees talent management, recruiting, compensation, benefits, labor relations, maintaining a healthy workforce, and talent development. Prior to Gates, Ms. Montgomery worked for PolyOne in Cleveland, where she held several human resource roles of progressing responsibility across a complex, global corporation. Her additional prior experience includes consulting with Deloitte Tax and as a practicing lawyer. She received her BA in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College, a JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a LL.M in Tax from Case Western Reserve University Law School.
Chief Strategy Officer
Thomas G. Pitstick has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer since April 2023 and served as the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning since October 2020. Prior to that, he served in various leadership roles, including Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Line Management, as well as Senior Vice President of Innovation, since joining the Company in January 2016. Mr. Pitstick is responsible for global marketing, company branding, corporate communications, global product line management, R&D for engine systems products, strategic planning, corporate development and M&A. Prior to joining Gates, Mr. Pitstick served as Senior Vice President of Marketing — Electrical Sector with Eaton Corporation. Prior to Eaton’s acquisition of Cooper Industries, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Cooper Power Systems Energy Automation Solutions business unit and held various roles in Cooper’s corporate and business development functions. Before Cooper, Mr. Pitstick held a number of commercial, product line management and business development roles with technology start-up companies.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Diego Silva is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Gates, responsible for the global IT organization including the strategic direction, execution, and support of Gates information systems infrastructure, security, and network operations. Prior to Gates, Diego served as the vice president of technology and architecture at Flowserve, where he partnered with the executive leadership team and Board of Directors to set the IT strategic direction for the company, from ERP implementations and master data management to cyber security, application architecture, digital transformation and M&A. Prior to Flowserve, Diego held leadership positions in IT consulting and technology start-up companies. Diego holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from the Universitario Autónomo del Sur in his native Uruguay. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholar award.
Vice President and General Manager, East Asia and India
Andy Low joined Gates as Vice President and General Manager, East Asia & India in June 2022, with responsibility for leading Gates’ strategic objectives and business performance across the region. Andy will also serve as a director and officer for all Gates Unitta joint venture entities, assuming full responsibilities for Gates’ joint venture business across Asia and representing Gates as the majority shareholder of these joint venture entities. Prior to Gates, Andy held leadership roles with American Power Conversion, Schneider Electric, CommScope, and, most recently, Eaton Corporation, where Andy served as GM/APAC for the Distributed Power Quality Division. Andy holds an MBA from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.
Josef joined Gates in May 2020, assuming responsibility for Gates’ strategic direction and business performance in the EMEA region. Since 2011, Josef worked for Mann + Hummel in successive leadership roles including President & General Manager for its global automotive aftermarket business, Group Vice President & CEO for Mann + Hummel Asia-Pacific, and Group Vice President for the global water filtration business unit. Prior to joining Mann + Hummel, Josef held progressive responsibility at Robert Bosch in Europe and China, where he built the company’s automotive aftermarket business from inception, holding the distinction of being the company’s first automotive aftermarket employee in China. A native of Germany’s Bavaria region, Josef graduated from Passau University with a degree in business management.
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.