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Elik Fooks

Elik Fooks, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Elik Fooks is senior vice president, Corporate Development. His responsibilities are to design and execute an inorganic growth strategy, build an organization to partner with our businesses and help identify strategic investment opportunities. This work includes evaluating potential deals that may span multiple business units or extend into new adjacent technologies or offerings, developing a pipeline of opportunities, and establishing closer relationships with investment bankers and private equity firms to consistently communicate our needs so we can better and more quickly identify opportunities.

In his 35 year career with Rockwell Automation, Elik has demonstrated a successful balance between technical innovation and business leadership, leading to the successful growth of the sensing and safety businesses. Most recently, Elik was vice president and general manager of the Sensing, Safety & Connectivity Business (SSCB) part of the Architecture & Software (A&S) reporting segment of Rockwell Automation.

In 1998 Elik played a key role in identifying strategic importance for Rockwell Automation to enter the machine safety market. To accelerate the growth in safety space, he initiated multiple acquisitions, such as EJA, Tesch, ICS Triplex, and CEDES to strategically position the business for growth into the rapidly growing machine safety as well as process safety market. As a result of this initiative Rockwell Automation became the largest global provider of machine and process safety solutions.

His technical achievements are recognized in the form of eleven influential patents and outstanding technical and professional leadership in a large number of key technology projects. In 2002, he was awarded Rockwell Automation’s Odo J. Struger Award, which was established to honor engineers for outstanding technical achievement in the field of automation.

Elik earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering, from Polytechnical Design Institute, Tula, Russia.