Anders Gustafsson | Michael C. Smiley | Michael Cho | Gerhard Cless | Tom Collins | Hugh K. Gagnier | Philip Gerskovich | Joachim Heel | Jim L. Kaput | Juliann S. Larimer| Girish Rishi | Michael H. Terzich
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 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
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.
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.
Tom Collins joined Zebra as senior vice president, supply chain operations, in October 2014. Mr. Collins previously spent seven years with Motorola, where he was responsible for ensuring consistent, on-time and cost-effective delivery of high-quality products, services and solutions. From 2000 to 2007 he was the senior vice president of supply chain at Symbol Technologies. Prior to that he served as the director of manufacturing for Bose. Mr. Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Hugh K. Gagnier has overseen Zebra's engineering, product management and services organization since 2006. 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 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 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 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.
Juliann S. Larimer became chief marketing officer in December 2014. Ms. Larimer most recently served as Motorola Solutions' vice president of marketing for the Americas. Prior to joining Motorola in early 2011, she held a variety of sales, marketing and business development roles at NCR, IBM, Accenture and Bridgestone Corporation. From 2002 to 2009, she was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility at Zebra, ultimately serving as vice president of sales for North America. Ms. Larimer earned a bachelor's degree in communications and business administration from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Girish Rishi, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Visibility and Mobility
Girish Rishi joined Zebra as senior vice president, enterprise visibility and mobility, in October 2014. Mr. Rishi previously oversaw product development, product management and engineering for Motorola’s enterprise solutions portfolio. He is the former senior vice president for strategy and marketing of Matrics, a venture-backed start-up that was acquired by Symbol. Earlier on, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Symbol, starting in product management and eventually leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Mr. Rishi earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hartford, and a master’s degree in international public policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Michael H. Terzich became chief officer for human resources and other corporate administrative functions in December 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 positions 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 a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.