Company Leadership

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Jim L. Kaput, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Jim Kaput is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Zebra and has been with the company since 2009. 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Todd R. Naughton, Vice President, Finance
Todd R. Naughton became vice president, finance in April 2007. Mr. Naughton was corporate controller for Zebra from January 1999 when he joined the Company until he became vice president and controller of Zebra in April 2000, a position he held until April 2007. From 1998 to 1999, he was vice president, financial shared services for Moore North America. Previously, Mr. Naughton was vice president and controller for UARCO Incorporated from 1996 to 1998. His previous positions included director of treasury, manager of financial planning and assistant controller for Handy Andy Home Improvement Centers, Inc. (1988 to 1996), assistant controller and manager of financial reporting of Uptown Federal Savings, FSB (1986 to 1988) and staff auditor, Ernst & Whinney (1984 to 1986). Mr. Naughton received a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Dean Dalesandro, Vice President and General Manager, North America
Dean Dalesandro joined Zebra as the vice president and general manager of North America, SPG in April 2013. Most recently, Mr. Dalesandro served as the vice president of North America sales and global accounts at Videojet Technologies Inc. (Danaher), a global leader in industrial coding solutions for products and packaging. He previously served as the vice president of sales and marketing at UFI/Interlake, a manufacturer of material handling systems and as senior director national accounts for Cummins Allison, a currency processing solutions provider, Additionally, Mr. Dalesandro held sales positions of increasing responsibility at Domino Amjet, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and distribution of industrial printing equipment, controllers and consumables. Mr. Dalesandro is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in English.

 

 

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Ashley Ford, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA
Ashley Ford was appointed Zebra's vice president and managing director in 2012. Mr. Ford joined Zebra in 2005 as vice president of sales for EMEA, and relocated to America in 2010 to become the vice president and managing director of North America. Prior to Zebra, Mr. Ford senior sales and channel management position with the IT, printing and communications industries within major organizations such as Samsung Electronics, Xerox Europe and AST Computer Europe. He has an educational background in mechanical engineering, specifically in the field of thermodynamics and metallurgy.

 

 

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Rod Rodericks, Vice President and Managing Director, APAC
Rod Rodericks was appointed Zebra's vice president and managing director of Zebra's APAC region in August, 2012. Previously, Rod led the successful growth and development of Zebra's EMEA Region. Mr. Rodericks came to Zebra from AST Research, where he held senior management and business development positions. Prior to that, he was the vice president and general manager of European operations for Xerox's office business division. Mr. Rodericks holds a BSc in economics and politics from the University of Southampton.

 

 

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Jill Stelfox, Vice President and General Manager, Location Solutions
Jill Stelfox joined Zebra as vice president and general manager of Location Solutions in November 2012.  She has vast experience and a particularly strong background in business and financial management. Most recently, she was chief financial officer and head of corporate development for Binary Group. Previously, Ms. Stelfox served as president of Accession Point Consulting; chief financial officer, director of European Wireless; managing partner of Noblestar Systems; and chief financial officer for Netafim Irrigation. Ms. Stelfox began her career serving six years as a tax accountant and audit manager for Deloitte.  She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University at Chico and is a California CPA. 

 

 

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Board of Directors

Anders Gustafsson became Zebra's Chief Executive Officer and a director in 2007. Prior to joining Zebra, Mr. Gustafsson served as Chief Executive Officer of Spirent Communications plc, a publicly-traded telecommunications company, from 2004 until 2007. From 2000 until 2004, he was Senior Executive Vice President, Global Business Operations, of Tellabs, Inc., a communications networking company. 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, Inc. and Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. Mr. Gustafsson has an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Gerhard Cless has devoted substantially his entire career to Zebra, a company which he co-founded in 1969. Mr. Cless is an engineer by training and has served as Executive Vice President of Zebra since 1998 and 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 also served as Treasurer of Zebra from its formation until 1991. He has directed the development of numerous label printers based on various printing technologies and maintained worldwide technology/vendor relationships. Prior to founding Zebra, Mr. Cless was a research and development engineer with Teletype Corporation's printer division. Mr. Cless received an MSME degree from Maschinenbauschule Esslingen in Germany, and did graduate work at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Cless Technology Center, Zebra's product development and research facility, is named in honor of Mr. Cless.

Michael A. Smith has substantial knowledge of Zebra and its industry, including prior service as a director of a public company in the automatic identification sector. He has served as a director of Zebra since 1991 and as Chairman since 2007. The Board and the Committees on which Mr. Smith serves also benefit from Mr. Smith's experience and skills in financial services as well as from his 25 years of industry experience. Since 2000, he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FireVision LLC, a private investment company that he founded. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Smith was Senior Managing Director and head of the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities and its successor entity, Banc of America Securities, LLC. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director and co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of BancAmerica Robertson Stephens; co-founder and head of the investment banking group, BA Partners, and its predecessor entity, Continental Partners Group; Managing Director, Corporate Finance Department, Bear, Stearns & Co.; and Vice President and Manager of the Eastern States and Chicago Group Investment Banking Division of Continental Bank. Mr. Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree and received an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of SRAM International Corporation, a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium bicycle components. Mr. Smith is a managing member of Blue Star Lubrication Technology LLC and Blue Star Lubrication Technology Investors LLC, a provider of industrial lubricants and greases. Mr. Smith is the Chair of our Audit and Nominating Committees and a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Smith is also a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, having completed NACD's comprehensive program of study for experienced corporate directors.

Richard L. Keyser has been a director since June 2008. Mr. Keyser spent much of his career at W.W. Grainger, Inc., an international distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies. In 2010, Mr. Keyser was honored as the National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD") 2010 Public Company Director of the Year. The NACD's award criteria include an unwavering commitment to integrity, confidence, informed judgment, and performance. Mr. Keyser served as Chairman Emeritus of Grainger from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he served as Grainger's Chairman from 2008 to 2009, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 until 2008, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995. Prior to joining Grainger in 1986, he held positions at NL Industries and Cummins Engine Company. Mr. Keyser received a BS degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Keyser is a member of the Board of Directors and Human Resources Committee of the Principal Financial Group, Inc., a financial services firm. Mr. Keyser served as a director of the Rohm & Haas Company, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, until 2009. Mr. Keyser serves as a trustee of the Shedd Aquarium, a director of the North Shore University Health System, a trustee of the Field Museum, and Chairman of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Mr. Keyser is a member of our Compensation Committee. Zebra's primary means of selling its products is through distributors and resellers. Consequently, Mr. Keyser's experience in and knowledge of these channels provides significant strategic and operational benefits to Zebra.

Andrew K. Ludwick has been a director since 2008. Mr. Ludwick has extensive experience in technology and start-up businesses, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of Bay Networks, Inc., a multi-billion dollar communications networking company, from 1994 to 1996, and Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SynOptics Communications, Inc., a communications networking company, from 1985 to 1994. He has been a private investor since 1997. Mr. Ludwick holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served since 2008 as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Rovi Corporation (f/k/a Macrovision Corporation), a provider of technologies for the protection, enhancement and distribution of businesses' digital goods. He is a member of our Audit Committee. The Board and the Audit Committee benefit from Mr. Ludwick's extensive experience as an entrepreneur, manager and investor in technology businesses. Mr. Ludwick's operational background provides the experience necessary to help the Board fulfill its oversight duties with regard to Audit Committee responsibilities and also to advise the Board and management on technology matters.

Ross W. Manire has been a director since 2003. He has served since 2002 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExteNet Systems, Inc., a wireless networking company Mr. Manire founded. Mr. Manire's professional career includes serving as a partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young, LLP, a leading accounting firm, from 1983 to 1989. Prior to joining ExteNet, Mr. Manire was President of the Enclosure Systems Division of Flextronics International, Ltd., an electronics contract manufacturer, from 2000 to 2002. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chatham Technologies, Inc., an electronic packaging systems manufacturer that merged with Flextronics, in 2000. Prior to joining Chatham, he was Senior Vice President of the Carrier Systems Business Unit of 3Com Corporation, a provider of networking equipment and solutions. He served in various executive positions with U.S. Robotics from 1991 to 1995, including Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the Network Systems Division prior to its merger with 3Com. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Manire was a partner in Ridge Capital, a private investment company. Mr. Manire holds a BA degree from Davidson College and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance and Compensation Committees of The Andersons, Inc., a diversified business with interests in agribusiness, railcars and retailing. Mr. Manire is a member of our Audit and Nominating Committees. The Board and the Audit Committee benefit from his business, operational, accounting and financial knowledge and experience. For example, Mr. Manire's experience with electronics contract manufacturing has proven important as Zebra initiated and completed its project to outsource printer manufacturing. Mr. Manire's financial and accounting experience also facilitates the Board's oversight of Zebra's accounting, internal control and auditing functions and activities.  

Frank Modruson has been a director since February 2014. From January 2003 to February 2014, Mr. Modruson was the Chief Information Officer from Accenture Ltd., a world-wide leader in management consulting, information technology and systems integration, and business process outsourcing services company. As CIO, he was responsible for the information technology strategy, applications and infrastructure supporting a global business of 281,000 employees. He also chaired Accenture’s Information Technology Steering Committee and was a member of the Accenture Operating Committee and Global Leadership Council. In 2010, Mr. Modruson was elected to the CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. In addition, InfoWorld named him to its list of Top 25 CTOs and ComputerWorld named him one of its Premier 100 CTOs. Prior to becoming CIO at Accenture, Mr. Modruson worked there as a Partner and Associate Partner for 15 years. Mr. Modruson currently serves on the board of Taleris, a private company and joint venture of GE Aviation and Accenture, that provides intelligent operations services for airlines and cargo carriers. He is also a volunteer firefighter and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Modruson has a B.A. in Computer Science from Dickinson College and a Masters in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Modruson is a member of our Audit Committee.

Dr. Robert J. Potter has been a director since 2003. Dr. Potter's extensive business experience includes serving as an officer in, and consultant to, both industrial and service businesses. Since 1990, he has been President and Chief Executive Officer of R. J. Potter Company, a Dallas-area firm providing business and technical consulting. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Potter was President and CEO of Datapoint Corporation, a leader in network-based data processing. Prior to Datapoint, Dr. Potter was Group Vice President of Nortel Networks, Senior Vice President of International Harvester, President of the Office Systems Division of Xerox and Research Manager of International Business Machines Corporation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lafayette College with a BS degree in Physics and holds a Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester, specializing in fiber optics. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and has written more than 50 articles for various scientific, technical and business publications, including the first description of optical character recognition in an encyclopedia. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Technology Committee, and Audit Committee of Molex, Incorporated, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnects, as well as switches and application tooling. Dr. Potter is on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is Chair of our Compensation Committee.

Janice Roberts has been a director since 2013. Ms. Roberts is currently a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund, a global venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. For more than 10 years she was a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, where she invested in mobile, wireless, communications and consumer technology companies. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Ms. Roberts held various executive positions at 3Com Corporation (acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Corporation), including leading its global marketing and business development operations, as well as a number of the company’s new business initiatives, including its Palm Computing subsidiary and 3Com Ventures. Ms. Roberts currently serves on the Boards of ARM Holdings plc, and RealNetworks, Inc., where she is a member of both of their compensation committees. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which is located in Palo Alto, CA, and as an advisor for Illuminate Ventures, a group dedicated to investing in companies that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs. Ms. Roberts has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Ms. Roberts’ experience with technology companies, venture deals and her board work will prove important as Zebra expands its business into additional technological spheres, including the Internet of Things. Additionally, her experience with compensation committee work will aid the Board in its oversight of the compensation practices of Zebra.