Profiles of Zebra's leadership team, including Corporate Officers and the Board of Directors, can be found below.
Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer
Anders Gustafsson became chief executive officer and a director of Zebra on September 4, 2007. Prior to joining Zebra Technologies, Mr. Gustafsson served as CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a publicly traded telecommunications company.
At Spirent, Mr. Gustafsson redirected that company’s growth strategy, divested non-core operations, integrated historic acquisitions and streamlined the organization to realize significant cost savings. Prior to Spirent, he was senior executive vice president, global business operations, of Tellabs, Inc. While at Tellabs, Mr. Gustafsson also served as president, Tellabs International, as well as president, global sales, and vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions with Motorola and Network Equipment Technologies. Mr. Gustafsson has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a Fulbright Scholar and received numerous fellowships and scholarships for academic excellence.
Michael C. Smiley, Chief Financial Officer
Michael C. Smiley joined Zebra in May 2008 as chief financial officer from Tellabs, Inc., a global provider of telecommunications networking products. At Tellabs, he led all accounting and finance functions outside of the U.S. and most recently served as general manager for the Tellabs Denmark A/S unit, which has sales in excess of $100 million to customers around the world. During his six years at Tellabs, Mr. Smiley held various financial and operations executive positions including interim chief financial officer, vice president international finance, and treasurer. Prior to Tellabs, Mr. Smiley was located in Taipei, Taiwan, as vice president, finance, for the Asia Pacific region of General Semiconductor, with the corporation's key manufacturing and revenue-generating operations in the region. Earlier in his career, he held positions of increasing responsibility at General Instrument, GATX Corp. and Itel Corporation/Anixter Brothers. He began his professional career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Smiley holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Gerhard Cless, Executive Vice President, Director
Gerhard Cless is executive vice president, and has been in this position since 1998. Mr. Cless is a co-founder of Zebra and has served as a director since 1969. He served as secretary of Zebra from its formation until 2005, and as executive vice president for engineering and technology of Zebra from 1995 to 1998, after having served as senior vice president of engineering since 1969. Mr. Cless served as treasurer of Zebra until 1991. Since 1969, he has been active with Zebra where he has directed the development of numerous label printers and maintained worldwide technology/vendor relationships. Prior to founding Zebra, Mr. Cless was a research and development engineer at Teletype Corporation's printer division. Mr. Cless received an MSME degree from Esslingen, Germany, and did graduate work at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Cless Technology Center, Zebra's 57,000 square foot product development and research facility, is named in honor of Mr. Cless.
Michael Cho, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Michael Cho joined Zebra in March 2010 as vice president, strategy. Previously, Mr. Cho led M&A and strategy as vice president, business development for the healthcare division of Amcor, a global packaging company, and as vice president, business development for CommScope, a global leader in communications solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cho was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Accenture, and PwC. Mr. Cho received a MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Terrance Collins, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Terrance Collins joined Zebra as senior vice president, human resources in April 2013. Most recently, Mr. Collins served as the vice president of human resources for the Health & Science Technologies Segment at IDEX Corporation, a publicly traded diversified industrial manufacturer based in Lake Forest, Ill. During his six-year tenure at the company, he also served as the vice president of human resources responsible for the Fluid & Metering Technologies Segment and Emerging Markets. He also served as the senior vice president of human resources for AmSan LLC and in several positions of increasing responsibility for U.S. Foodservice, Inc. Mr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in human resources and marketing from Towson University in Towson, Md. He attended the Modern Chief Human Resources Executive Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and he has completed SHRM’s PHR and SPHR professional certifications.
Hugh K. Gagnier, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations
Hugh K. Gagnier became senior vice president, engineering and operations in July 2006, where he previously served as its senior vice president, operations, since 2003. Mr. Gagnier joined Zebra as the vice president and general manager for its Camarillo operations upon the Company's merger with Eltron International, Inc. in 1998. At Eltron, he was president from 1995 until its merger with Zebra, and executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1994 until he became president. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Gagnier was group president of Wangtek and WangDAT, Inc., manufacturers of tape drives for automated data back- up. Prior to his position as group president, Mr. Gagnier served as president of Wangtek in 1991 and as vice president of engineering from 1988 to 1991. Prior to his tenure at Wangtek, Mr. Gagnier spent three and one-half years at Peripheral Technology Corporation, a disk drive manufacturer, in various engineering management positions. Mr. Gagnier received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Philip Gerskovich, Senior Vice President, New Growth Platforms
Philip Gerskovich joined Zebra as senior vice president, corporate development, in 2005. He became senior vice president, new growth platforms in Sept. 2011. Previously, Mr. Gerskovich was corporate vice president and general manager of new business, commercial printing division for Eastman Kodak Company from 2004 until he joined Zebra. From 1999 to 2003, he was corporate vice president and chief operating officer, digital and applied imaging, at Kodak. His previous positions included vice president of internet appliance business unit, Data General Corp. from 1995 to 1998, director, server product marketing, Dell Inc., from 1994 to 1995, and program director OEM and technology marketing, RS/6000 division, International Business Machines Corporation, from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Gerskovich received a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
Jim L. Kaput, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Jim Kaput is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Zebra and has been with the company since 2009. He also serves as Zebra's Chief Compliance Officer. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Kaput served as counsel to the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and general counsel at The ServiceMaster Company from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Kaput began his career in Sidley Austin LLP's corporate and securities group. He served as a partner in the firm from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Kaput received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and a B.S. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael H. Terzich, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Michael H. Terzich became senior vice president, global sales and marketing, in July 2006, previously serving as Zebra's senior vice president, Office of the CEO, since 2003. Mr. Terzich is responsible for the sales and marketing of Zebra's products worldwide. Since joining Zebra in 1992, Mr. Terzich has held a variety of progressive roles including vice president and general manager, Center of Excellence, the vice president of sales for North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, vice president of strategic project management, director of integration project management, director of printer products, and director of customer and technical services. Prior to Zebra, he was the director of operations for a five-plant industrial video production and duplication company. Mr. Terzich earned his B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago.