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July 27, 2021 Earnings: Rockwell Automation Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Results
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Our management team provides the leadership Rockwell Automation requires to meet the challenges of the future.

Blake Moret , , , Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Blake Moret is Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation. As CEO, Blake is dedicated to delivering the company’s strategy to bring the Connected Enterprise to life. Under his leadership, Rockwell Automation integrates control and information to help make industrial companies and their people more productive and the world more sustainable. Blake is accelerating the Rockwell Automation strategy by focusing on understanding customer needs and their best opportunities for productivity, combining our technology and domain expertise to deliver positive business outcomes, and simplifying our customers’ experience. Key to this strategy is Rockwell’s culture, the foundation for the company’s accelerated profitable growth.

Joining Rockwell Automation in 1985 as a sales trainee, Blake has built his career with the company and has held leadership positions in many areas of the business, including international assignments in Europe and Canada. In his previous role, Blake served as Senior Vice President of Control Products and Solutions, one of the company’s two business segments. Blake became CEO on July 1, 2016 and was elected Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2018. He is passionate about workforce development and creating a diverse worldwide team of employees that can and want to do their best work.

Blake serves on the PTC, Inc. Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and is a member of the Business Roundtable. He also serves on the board of the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Blake is Chairman of the Rockwell Automation Charitable Corporation and is on the boards of FIRST, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Blake graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He and his wife Cheryl have four children.

Sujeet Chand , , , Senior Vice President

Sujeet Chand is responsible for leading global technical innovation and business development with a focus on making a difference for customers by helping them achieve greater productivity and sustainability. Sujeet’s leadership is instrumental in driving business growth by bringing the Connected Enterprise to life for customers through innovative product platforms and architecture, world-class partners and ecosystem, engineering best practices, global R&D, and industry standards.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Sujeet led R&D for 12 years at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California. There he delivered innovative technology solutions to the company’s commercial and defense businesses for applications such as advanced avionics, industrial automation and semiconductor production. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer for a successful software start-up company.

A strategic leader and engineer with a unique perspective on technology, innovation, and customer needs, Sujeet serves on a number of industry, government, and higher education boards. He is a member of the board of directors of Proto Labs (PRLB). His advisory board service includes the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), FIRST Robotics, Wisconsin Technology Council, University of Wisconsin Research Foundation, and Robert W. Baird Venture Partners. He has also represented the United States as the head of a delegation to Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, a worldwide consortium on manufacturing technology.

In 2014, Sujeet was recognized with the Forbes Excellence in Innovation award. He is a recipient of the Rockwell Engineer of the Year, the highest recognition for engineering accomplishment within the company, and the Chairman’s Team Award for the development of a successful product line for the company. He currently holds 40 patents, has published more than 75 technical papers in research journals and conferences, and has received a number of distinguished honors for his engineering practices and technology leadership.

Sujeet earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

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, summa cum laude, from Polytechnical Design Institute, Tula, Russia.

Nick Gangestad , , , Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas “Nick” Gangestad is senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer at Rockwell Automation. In this global leadership role, Nick is responsible for all aspects of financial management for the company. In addition to acting as trusted advisors to business partners, Nick and his team are responsible for accurate financial statements and effective internal controls, efficient transaction processing, compliance with global tax laws, ensuring proper financial liquidity and insurance coverage, financial planning and analysis, and relationships with banks, rating agencies, and our shareowners.

Prior to joining Rockwell, Nick served as the Chief Financial Officer for 3M Company, where he oversaw all financial aspects of the company. Nick spent three decades at 3M, previously serving as the company’s chief accounting officer, corporate controller, and in global financial management roles overseeing teams and developing talent in Canada, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Scott Genereux , , , Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer

Scott Genereux is senior vice president and Chief Revenue Officer at Rockwell Automation. In this position, Scott leads our global go-to-market strategies, including our Sales & Marketing, Enterprise Accounts and Software teams globally. The role of Chief Revenue Officer is designed to help accelerate profitable top-line growth through software, inorganic growth and new revenue streams.

Scott’s leadership and deep domain expertise is instrumental in our ability to bring the Connected Enterprise to life, with a focus on and being the best in the world at adding value for customers right at that convergence of information technology and operational technology, or plant floor knowledge.

Scott spent most of his career leading global sales and marketing teams at major enterprise software companies, including Oracle and, most recently, Veritas, a $2 billion leader in information management. With his tremendous experience leading enterprise software and hardware global sales and marketing teams, Scott helps us build executive relationships with customers as we play a larger role in their enterprise-wide digital transformations.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from California State University, Northridge, and graduated from the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Rebecca House , , , Senior Vice President, Chief People & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Rebecca (Becky) House is senior vice president, Chief People and Legal Officer and corporate secretary. Becky is responsible for accelerating the evolution of our culture in addition to leading our talent, legal, ethics and compliance, public affairs, security, and Environmental, Health and Safety teams.

Previously, Becky was Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Harley-Davidson, Inc. During her more than six years at Harley-Davidson, she increased her scope of responsibilities in legal and global business management, including leadership of a cross-functional team that provided counsel for global compliance, ethics, product liability, product integrity, and corporate governance. Prior to Harley-Davidson, Becky was a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP, a prominent law firm headquartered in Milwaukee, where she spent 12 years.

Becky serves on the board of directors for FMI Funds, Inc., MIND Research Institute and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). She is also a director and former Board President of Sojourner Family Peace Center, the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state of Wisconsin.

Becky graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Frank Kulaszewicz , , , Senior Vice President, Lifecycle Services

Frank Kulaszewicz is senior vice president, Lifecycle Services at Rockwell Automation. Lifecycle Services is one of the three business segments in Rockwell Automation. Lifecycle Services delivers domain expertise at all touchpoints of a customer’s experience and to ensures the positive business outcomes that give our customers a faster return on their automation investment. Lifecycle Services consists of Customer Support & Maintenance, the Systems & Solutions Business, the Connected Enterprise team and leads our engagement with Sensia, our joint venture with Schlumberger. Frank most recently served as senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions (CP&S) and brings deep knowledge of the Connected Enterprise into a broad array of our business, as we engage our technology and domain expertise to produce positive business outcomes.

Frank has over 30 years of experience at Rockwell Automation, holding several key leadership roles in the Drive Systems, Standard Drives and Control & Visualization businesses. Previously, Frank served as senior vice president, Architecture & Software.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chris Nardecchia , , , Senior Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Chris Nardecchia is senior vice president, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for strategic vision, operational excellence and change leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives and architecture across our company. Chris drives our corporate information technology strategy and internal transformation, creating digital solutions that enhance our Rockwell Automation capabilities internally and externally.

Previously, Chris was vice president and CIO, Global Operations and Supply Chain, at Amgen, Inc. With over 30 years of professional experience, he also held leadership roles at Pfizer and Warner Lambert, which was acquired by Pfizer. At these companies he led IT-enabled business and digital strategy and accelerated growth through technology and data analytics. He drove business innovations that improved profitability, globalization, restructuring and mergers. He has an extensive background with portfolio management, engineering, operations, mergers and acquisitions, IT risk management, analytics and using technology to drive business insights. He was also the Rockwell Automation executive sponsor at Amgen. Earlier in his career, Chris also held process, and production engineering roles in the pharmaceutical, chemical and nuclear industries.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Michigan State.

Ernest Nicolas , , , Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Integrated Supply Chain

Ernest Nicolas is senior vice president and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Integrated Supply Chain. In this global leadership role, Ernest has overall responsibility of the end-to-end supply chain for Rockwell Automation. Integrated Supply Chain plans, sources, makes and delivers Rockwell products and services to customers. Ernest and his team ensure that our company’s supply chain is resilient and agile to support our customers.

Our Integrated Supply Chain consists of the Supply Chain Strategy, Strategic Sourcing, Manufacturing Operations, Logistics & Customer Care and Integrated Supply Chain Projects and Enterprise Quality teams.

In 2006, Ernest joined Rockwell Automation as a Lean, Six Sigma Project Manager and has held several roles of increased responsibility within the Operations & Engineering Services functions. Most recently, Ernest was senior vice president, Operations & Engineering Services. Prior to that, he served as vice president, Global Supply Chain. Before joining Rockwell Automation, Ernest held supply chain, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing operations positions with the General Motors Corporation.

Ernest has a wealth of manufacturing and supply chain leadership experience, a passion for people, and genuine care for team success.

Ernest holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan and an MBA in Operations Management and master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Cyril Perducat , , , Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Cyril Perducat is senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer. Cyril and his team of technologists are focused on growing Rockwell’s already broad technology offering and expanding what is possible in the industrial automation space. He is responsible for charting the company’s technology roadmap, our reusable intellectual property library, and research related to core technology.

Throughout his career, Cyril has focused on developing innovative solutions to enhance manufacturing technologies. He has an extensive background as a technology strategist, particularly in systems, software, networks, and solutions businesses.

Cyril joined Rockwell following a 25-year career with Schneider Electric, where he most recently served as executive vice president, Internet of Things and Digital Offers. He has a passion for innovating and building teams, and a drive for implementing successful outcomes based in effective change management.

Cyril holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM Paritech) and a Master Degree in International Project Management from ESCP Europe Business School.

Brian Shepherd , , , Senior Vice President, Software & Control

Brian Shepherd is senior vice president, Software & Control. In this role, Brian leads strategy, product management, and product development for our portfolio of control and visualization software and hardware, information software, and network and security infrastructure.

Our strategy is to bring the Connected Enterprise to life for our customers, and Brian’s work is core to this success by helping us to accelerate profitable growth through software.

Brian has extensive experience in the industrial software space. Most recently, he was president of production software and Smart Factory solutions for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Before that, he was a long-time senior executive at PTC, our strategic alliance partner. Together with PTC, we offer FactoryTalk Innovation Suite, powered by PTC, the industry’s first comprehensive digital transformation software suite.

Brian’s strong technical expertise in design, simulation, manufacturing planning and execution, process and quality data analytics will support our goal to be the best in the world at adding value for customers right at that convergence of information technology and operational technology, or plant floor knowledge.

Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Fran Wlodarczyk , , , Senior Vice President, Intelligent Devices

Fran Wlodarczyk is senior vice president, Intelligent Devices at Rockwell Automation. Intelligent Devices is one of the three business segments in Rockwell Automation. Fran is responsible for strategy development, driving global growth, and the worldwide performance of the business segment consisting of Rockwell Automation’s Power Control Business, Sensing & Safety and Industrials Components Businesses, the Motion Control Business as well as Pricing.

Most recently, Fran served as senior vice president, Architecture & Software (A&S) at Rockwell Automation, a $2.9 billion business with more than 3,400 employees and contractors globally. As the leading supplier of industrial automation hardware and software products in North America, Fran led a team consisting of five business units, providing industrial automation and information products to thousands of customers in hundreds of industries.

Fran has 30 years at our company, with leadership experience in both business segments and multiple regions. Fran has considerable knowledge of our customers' applications, and can help determine how we can best combine our technology and domain expertise to produce positive business outcomes. Previously, Fran led the Control Visualization Business (CVB) in the Architecture & Software business segment.

Fran holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Alejandro Capparelli , , , President, Americas

Alejandro Capparelli is president, Americas at Rockwell Automation. In this role, Alejandro leads the commercial and selling activities in both North America and Latin America, the company’s largest region. The Americas organization consists of five regions including Canada Region, Central U.S. Region, Eastern U.S. Region, SouthWest U.S. Region and Latin America Region.

Most recently, Alejandro served as president, Latin America where he lead Rockwell Automation’s operations in Mexico, Central and South America. He is responsible for growing market share and leading our business operations in Latin America.

Alejandro started his career with Rockwell Automation in 1997 as part of our Engineer Training Program and has held numerous roles of increasing responsibilities in our Global Sales and Marketing organization. Previously, Alejandro was director, Customer Support and Maintenance and Systems and Solutions Business, Latin America where he was responsible for employees at three Repair Centers and two Phone Support Centers. Before joining Rockwell Automation, he worked at SEW Eurodrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alejandro holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Mar del Plata in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Susana Gonzalez , , , President, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Scott Wooldridge , , , President, Asia Pacific

Scott Wooldridge is president for Asia Pacific. Scott leads the execution of the company's strategy to bring the Connected Enterprise to life, combining our technology and domain expertise to deliver positive business outcomes for our customers. Scott works with his regional leadership team to implement the Asia Pacific growth initiatives and organizational development plans to meet our long-term objectives.

Scott is an experienced executive with a proven track record and passion for developing strategies that drive execution and foster partnerships and collaboration. He joined Rockwell Automation in 2017 as regional director, South Pacific. Before he assumed the president role, he was vice president, Pacific Rim for Asia Pacific.

Scott started his career with Furnace Engineering before joining Citect in project management. Throughout his career at Citect, Scott held a variety of roles including vice president of Professional Services in Chicago, Illinois and vice president of Sales in Atlanta, Georgia. He then returned to Australia as managing director for Citect. After Citect was acquired by Schneider Electric, Scott served as vice president of the Industry Business. Scott then moved to Energy Action as Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Rockwell Automation he was a board member with the Energy Efficiency Council in Australia.

Scott holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of Tasmania in Australia and an MBA from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.

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