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August 10, 2018 Rockwell Automation: Overview August 2018
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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 President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation. He assumed the role on July 1, 2016.

As CEO, Blake leads the world’s largest company focused on industrial automation and information, dedicated to making our customers more productive and the world more sustainable. He is passionate about our vision of The Connected Enterprise and is leading its acceleration through innovation and an in-depth knowledge of our customers’ business needs. Blake has proven himself to be an exceptional leader with a deep understanding of the company’s values, culture, people, technology, and customers.

In his previous role, he served five years as senior vice president of Control Products and Solutions (CP&S), one of the company’s two business segments.

Blake has 31 years of broad experience with the company including leadership roles in marketing, solutions, services, and product groups. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee, and subsequently served in senior positions across the organization, including international assignments in Europe and Canada.

Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently a member of the PTC, Inc. Board of Directors. After serving as the Chairman of National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Institute, he retains his Executive Committee position. Additionally, Blake is a member of the Business Roundtable and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

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.

Ted Crandall , , , Senior Vice President

Theodore (Ted) Crandall is senior vice president at Rockwell Automation. Ted has announced his intention to retire near the end of the year, and will be assisting in the transition of leadership changes until then.

Prior to this role, Ted led our Control Products & Solutions business and served as our chief financial officer (CFO). His career at Rockwell Automation has spanned more than 35 years in a broad range of finance, operations and general management roles.

Ted serves on the board of directors for Rexnord Corporation and on the board of governors for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He is also active in the community and is a current board member and the past board chair for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

Ted received both his bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Economics and his master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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.

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, General Counsel & Secretary

Rebecca (Becky) House is senior vice president, General Counsel and Secretary. Becky is responsible for leading the company’s legal affairs and compliance, corporate governance and secretarial, contracts and negotiations, public affairs, environmental health and safety, information and physical security, global trade compliance, and product safety functions.

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 is 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, Control Products & Solutions

Frank Kulaszewicz is senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions at Rockwell Automation. CP&S is one of the two business segments in Rockwell Automation. CP&S provides intelligent motor control products, industrial components, automation solutions and services to companies around the world. CP&S consists of four business units, Power Control Business (PCB), Industrial Components Business (ICB), Systems and Solutions Business (SSB) and Customer Support and Maintenance (CSM). Frank 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. Most recently, 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.

Mike Laszkiewicz , , , Senior Vice President, Operations & Engineering Services

Mike Laszkiewicz is senior vice president, Operations & Engineering Services (OES) at Rockwell Automation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s Global Supply Chain (Materials & Logistics and Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management), Quality & Continuous Improvement, Engineering Services and Manufacturing Operations.

Mike has over 30 years of experience at our company and has held many leadership roles, most recently leading the Power Control Business in CP&S. He has experience in Operations through various roles in his career. Mike has extensive knowledge of our businesses, products, services and customers. As past chairman of the Manufacturing Council, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mike has a passion for thought leadership in the Manufacturing space.

Mike is an active supporter of community programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as programs promoting women in technology and engineering.

Mike holds his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

John McDermott , , , Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing

John McDermott, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing at Rockwell Automation is responsible for the company's global customer experience including worldwide sales, marketing and customer care. Since assuming this role, John and his leadership team continue to maximize Rockwell Automation sales growth by matching customers’ needs to the company’s capabilities through valued relationships.

Global Sales and Marketing (GSM) is the company’s customer-facing organization, bringing together global Sales regions, Global Accounts, Channels, Marketing and Customer Care organizations.

In his 30-plus years with the company, which began when he joined Allen-Bradley in 1980, John has held many roles of increasing responsibility throughout our businesses, including vice president and general manager in the Standard Drives business and Segment responsibilities in the Motion and Information group. He has led customer-facing organizations including the North and South America Sales regions. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president, Global Sales and Solutions, and senior vice president, Global Manufacturing Solutions.

John earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

Robert "Bob" Murphy , , , Senior Vice President, Connected Enterprise Consulting

Bob Murphy is senior vice president, Connected Enterprise Consulting. This organization, through proven capabilities and expertise and working closely with many functions across the company, helps us focus our enterprise efforts to partner with customers at the executive level to consult and guide them in their aspirations to become a Connected Enterprise. Having helped lead our own Connected Enterprise journey within the Operations & Engineering Services (OES) organization, Bob is well positioned to share our story and help orchestrate our internal resources who play an integral part in promoting its value proposition to our customers. As components of our Connected Enterprise value continue to expand, the delivery of these solutions must become increasingly simplified as judged by our customers.

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. Most recently, he was 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, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Chris Nardecchia is senior vice president, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rockwell Automation. Chris 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

Susan Schmitt , , , Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Susan Schmitt, senior vice president, Human Resources at Rockwell Automation, is responsible for overseeing the company's Human Resources function for its 21,000 employees in 80 countries. As a member of the senior leadership team, she sets the strategy for the company's global Human Resources function including talent management, organization development, leadership development, employee engagement, culture change, internal communications, compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation in 2007, Schmitt worked at Kellogg Company where she held various senior leadership roles, including vice president, Human Resources, for the Morning Foods Division, a multibillion-dollar business unit. She ended her 12 years at Kellogg on assignment in the United Kingdom (UK), providing Human Resources leadership for the UK business and the European business functions. Prior to Kellogg Company, Schmitt served in a number of consulting and compensation roles with Helene Curtis, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Managing Decisions, Inc.

Schmitt's 25+ years of experience provide her with an in-depth understanding of the Human Resources field. She is sought after as a guest speaker for her insights into helping companies build greater long-term value through leadership, talent and corporate culture. Her message is straightforward — Human Resources matters.

She has written two articles, both published in 2009 by Aspatore Books: "Improving HR Performance – Leading HR Executives on Overcoming Performance Challenges, Resolving Conflicts and Creating a Culture of Development;" and "Transforming and Improving HR's Value in the Midst of Economic Uncertainty." She also has brought creative and innovative solutions to the workforce to better enable organization and people performance.

Schmitt holds a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and French from Albion College. She also attended the University of Grenoble, France.

Fran Wlodarczyk , , , Senior Vice President, Architecture & Software

Fran Wlodarczyk, senior vice president, Architecture & Software at Rockwell Automation is responsible for strategy development, driving global growth, and the worldwide performance of the Architecture & Software reporting segment of the company.

Architecture & Software (A&S) is a $2.9 billion business with more than 3,400 employees and contractors globally. It is the leading supplier of industrial automation hardware and software products in North America and is making significant inroads in the global market. Consisting of five business units, A&S provides 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. Most recently, Fran led the Control Visualization Business (CVB) in A&S.

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

Alejandro Capparelli , , , President, Latin America

Alejandro Capparelli is president of our Latin America region at Rockwell Automation and leads the commercial and selling activities 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. Prior to his current role, 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.

Thomas Donato , , , President, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Thomas Donato is president, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) global sales and marketing. He is responsible for sales and marketing in the region.

Thomas joined Rockwell Automation in 2004 as manager of the solutions and services business for France and Italy and subsequently held numerous roles of increasing responsibility including leading the solutions and services business in EMEA and regional sales director for the Northern EMEA Region. Most recently, he was vice president of global sales and marketing in Canada where he partnered with our businesses across global regions to grow revenue in Canada and for the North American sales region.

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.

Joe Sousa , , , President, Asia Pacific

Joe Sousa is president, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for executing our Growth & Performance strategy, growing market share and leading our Global Sales, Marketing and business operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Joe joined Rockwell Automation in 1988 as a sales engineer and has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in our Global Sales and Marketing organization. Prior to his current role, Joe was president, Latin America where he was responsible for growing market share and leading our business operations in Latin America. He has also served as regional vice president, Western Region; district manager for the Northeast District and New England branch manager.

In his time with Rockwell Automation, Joe excels at building high-performance teams, developing leaders and driving sales execution.

Joe holds both a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is located in Hong Kong at our Asia Pacific Headquarters.

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