Gordon Hunter became Executive Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2017. He previously served as a director since 2002, and as our Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 until January 2017. From 2003 to 2005 he served as our Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Littelfuse, Mr. Hunter served as vice president, Intel communications group, and general manager, optical products group for Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) from 2002 to 2003. Prior to joining Intel in 2002, he served as president of Elo TouchSystems, a subsidiary of Raychem Corporation. Mr. Hunter also served in a variety of positions during a 20-year career at Raychem Corporation, including vice president of commercial electronics and a variety of sales, marketing, engineering and management positions. Mr. Hunter served on the council of advisors of Shure Incorporated from 2003 through April 2016, and became a member of the board of directors in April 2016. He also has served on the board of directors of Veeco Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:VECO) since 2010, and the board of directors of CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS) since 2011. Mr. Hunter holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Liverpool, England, and an MBA from London Business School.
David W. Heinzmann, became President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, in January 2017. He was previously the company’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for all three Littelfuse business units, as well as the company's global operations and information technology. Mr. Heinzmann began his career at the company in 1985 and possesses a broad range of experience within the organization. He has held positions as a Manufacturing Manager, Quality Manager, Plant Manager and Product Development Manager. Mr. Heinzmann served as Director of Global Operations for the Electronics Business Unit from 2000 to 2003, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Business Unit from 2004 to 2007, Vice President, Global Operations from 2007 to 2013 and Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to January 2017, when he was promoted to his current position. Mr. Heinzmann currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pulse Electronics Corporation and the Advisory Board of the University of Illinois at Chicago Engineering College. Mr. Heinzmann has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Ryan K. Stafford, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary, serves as Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer. He leads the company's legal, compliance, and human resources functions, as well as corporate marketing communications. Mr. Stafford joined the company's executive team as its first General Counsel in January 2007. Prior to Littelfuse, Mr. Stafford served in a number of leadership roles at Tyco International Ltd., including Vice President of China Operations and Vice President & General Counsel for its Engineered Products & Services Business Segment. Earlier, he was with the law firm Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C.
Meenal A. Sethna, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the company in May 2015 and is responsible for finance and accounting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and internal audit. Prior to joining Littelfuse, Ms. Sethna spent four years at Illinois Tool Works Inc. as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Previous to that, she worked at Motorola Inc., most recently as Vice President, Finance. She began her career at Baxter International, holding a variety of finance roles during her tenure. Ms. Sethna is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois-Urbana, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.
Deepak Nayar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electronics Business Unit, is responsible for marketing, sales, product development and customer relationships of the Electronics Business Unit. Mr. Nayar joined the company in 2005 as Business Line Director of the Electronics Business Unit. In July 2007, Mr. Nayar was promoted to Vice President, Global Sales, Electronics Business Unit, before he was promoted to his current position in 2011. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Nayar served as Worldwide Sales Director of Tyco Electronics Power Components Division from 1999 to 2005. Before that, Mr. Nayar served as Director of Business Development, Raychem Electronics OEM Group from 1997 to 1999.
Ian Highley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Semiconductor Products and Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for sales, marketing, and research and development (R&D) for semiconductor products. Mr. Highley joined the company in 2002 as a Product Manager in the Electronics Business Unit and has also served as Product Line Director for Semiconductor Products. He was promoted to General Manager of the Semiconductor Business Unit in 2009. Mr. Highley began his career in R&D for Plessey Research and has held positions including Product Engineering Manager and Product Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments (TI) and Technical Marketing Manager at Power Innovations (a management buyout from TI) and Bourns, Inc.
Dieter Roeder, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Business Unit, is responsible for marketing, sales, product development and customer relationships for all automotive business units. Mr. Roeder joined the company in 2005 leading the Automotive Business Unit's European sales team, based in Germany, before he was promoted to his current position in August 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Roeder served as Director of Business Development Europe for TDS Automotive from 2002 to 2005. Before that, Mr. Roeder spent ten years with Raychem GmbH (later Tyco Electronics) where he had various sales and marketing responsibilities within the European automotive industry.
Matthew J. Cole, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Business Unit, joined Littelfuse in July 2015 and is responsible for the electrical fuse, protection relay and custom electrical products businesses. Mr. Cole has more than 20 years of experience in general management, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. Prior to joining Littelfuse, he was Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK’s Advanced Measurement Technology division, a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. His career also includes positions in general management, marketing and operations at Danaher and Allied Signal/Honeywell.
Michael Rutz, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, joined the company in 2014 and is responsible for the company’s sourcing, supplier development, supply chain, quality and manufacturing engineering services. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rutz served as Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain at WMS Gaming, a Chicago-based manufacturer of equipment and software for the gaming industry. Mr. Rutz also spent 16 years with Motorola in the paging, cellular and networking groups, serving most recently as Vice President Networks Supply Chain. Mr. Rutz received a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and holds Master’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.