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July 28, 2020 Earnings: Rockwell Automation Fiscal 2020 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 singularly focused on industrial automation and information. 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.

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 ARMI Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Blake is Chairman of the Rockwell Charitable Giving Corporation and is on the board of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and the Board of Trustees for 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, Chief Technology Officer

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.

Thomas Donato , , , Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

Thomas Donato is senior vice president, Global Sales, and Marketing at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for the growth and evolution of our worldwide channels to market, and the sales and marketing organizations across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America and North America.

Throughout his over 20 years of business management experience in industrial manufacturing and automation, Thomas has demonstrated himself as a proven, global leader whose background and skills with a diverse perspective. Thomas joined Rockwell Automation in 2004 and most recently served in the role of the president, EMEA region. Throughout his 15 years with the company, he has held a variety of sales and business unit management positions of increasing responsibility including leading the solutions and services business in EMEA and regional sales director for the Northern EMEA Region. Thomas also served as vice president, Canada, Global Sales, and Marketing.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Thomas was the head of Sales and Product Management Powertrain Europe for ABB Robotics GmbH, based in Germany. Thomas is an experienced global leader and over his career has delivered growth in Europe, China, Latin America, South Korea, and the United States.

Thomas holds a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in automation and controls engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

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.

John Genovesi , , , Senior Vice President, Enterprise Accounts and Software

John Genovesi is senior vice president, Enterprise Accounts & Software. John is responsible for expanding share among large, multi-national customers and increase our ability to deliver value through information software.

John joined Rockwell Automation in 1989 from Siemens. At Rockwell Automation, he has earned an accomplished record of successful global business and sales management experience. John has held positions of increasing leadership responsibility in the global sales, software and process business organizations. Most recently, John was vice president and general manager, Information Solutions Business. Previously, he was vice president, Global Accounts, in our Global Sales & Marketing (GSM) organization.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio. He earned an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Patrick Goris , , , Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Goris is senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Rockwell Automation. His responsibilities include all aspects of financial management for the company.

Most recently, Patrick was vice president, Investor Relations and vice president, Finance of the Architecture & Software segment. He has held many roles of increasing responsibility within Finance. These include: vice president, Finance for Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A); finance leadership for EMEA, Latin America, Asia and Canada. Patrick also provided finance leadership to the Operations & Engineering Services (OES), Global Sales & Marketing (GSM), Global Process Transformation (GPT) and Information Technology (IT) organizations.

Patrick brings over 20 years of global financial management experience to his current role. He joined Rockwell Automation in 2006 as director, Finance, of the Safety, Sensing & Connectivity business. Prior to joining the company, Patrick worked with Graphic Packaging International for 10 years in roles of increasing responsibility.

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from European University, Brussels, Belgium. He also has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rebecca House , , , Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative & Legal Officer

Rebecca (Becky) House is senior vice president, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer. Becky is responsible for accelerating the evolution of our culture in addition to leading our talent, legal, ethics and compliance, public affairs 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. Among her many responsibilities, she led 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. and MIND Research Institute. 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 PTC. 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.

Ernest Nicolas , , , Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain

Ernest Nicolas is senior vice president, 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.

Robert "Bob" Murphy , , , Senior Vice President, Change Management

Bob Murphy is senior vice president, Change Management at Rockwell Automation. In his role, Bob leads our enterprise efforts to evolve our business and people in sync with our customers to enable them to be more productive and drive continued growth. Most recently, Bob served as senior vice president, Connected Enterprise Consulting. In this role Bob led Rockwell Automation’s enterprise efforts to partner with customers at the executive level to consult and guide them in their aspirations to become a Connected Enterprise.

Bob has been with Rockwell Automation for over 40 years. He began his career with what was then the Allen-Bradley Company in 1979 as a senior production technician in Highland Heights, Ohio. His career progressed through a variety of multiple businesses and functions across OES, Control Products & Solutions and Architecture & Software. These areas include: test engineering, manufacturing engineering, product industrialization and new product development. He became director of operations for our Dublin, Georgia, manufacturing facility in 1998. In 2004, Bob took an expanded operations director role supporting our Standard Drives business unit.

In 2006, Bob was appointed director, Manufacturing Strategy & Planning for the OES organization. In that role, Bob and his team were responsible for the design and implementation of our global manufacturing footprint strategy. He also was responsible for the Global Workplace Services group - which conducted our global real estate, facilities management, flight operations and general operations service functions. Bob then served as vice president, Manufacturing Operations, with responsibility for our manufacturing facilities in Ladysmith, Mequon and Middleton, Wisconsin; Monterrey, Mexico; Twinsburg, Ohio and the Dominican Republic. Previously, he was also senior vice president, OES.

Bob holds an associate of science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio.

Chris Nardecchia , , , Senior Vice President, Software & Control (Interim) & Chief Information Officer

Chris Nardecchia is senior vice president, Software & Control (Interim) and Chief Information Officer at Rockwell Automation. Software & Control is one of the three business segments in Rockwell Automation. Software & Control is at the heart of automation, and in his role, Chris leads our enterprise efforts to ensure customers experience industry leading reliability and safety in their processes. Software & Control consists of Rockwell Automation’s Engineering Hardware & Firmware Business, Engineering Software Business and Product Management unit.

Chris most recently served as senior vice president, Information Technology where he was responsible for strategic vision, operational excellence and change leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives and architecture across our company. Chris had responsibility for driving 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

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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