Company Leadership


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.


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.


Joachim Heel, Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Joachim Heel joined Zebra as senior vice president, global sales, in September 2014. Previously, Mr. Heel served as vice president of enterprise sales at IBM, where he oversaw the sales of the company’s product and services portfolio in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and, later, for the U.S. Midwest region. He is the former senior vice president of global services for Avaya, a provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, as well as for Sun Microsystems, which was later acquired by Oracle Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Heel was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 13 years. Mr. Heel received MBA and M.S. degrees from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



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.


Michael H. Terzich, Chief Marketing Officer

Michael H. Terzich became chief marketing officer in September 2014 after overseeing the sales and marketing of Zebra products worldwide for eight years. Since joining Zebra in 1992, Mr. Terzich has held a variety of progressive roles including senior vice president, Office of the CEO; vice president and general manager, Center of Excellence; vice president of sales for North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific; and 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.