Executive Team


   
Jeffrey M. Armstrong
President and Chief Executive Officer

Previous experience: 

• Vice President and General Manager – DRS Consolidated Controls, Inc. from October 2008 to June 2013.
• Vice President of Operations and Engineering; Plant Manager – DRS Power and Controls Technologies, Inc. from February 2007 to October 2008.
• Program and Engineering Management – General Dynamics Electric Boat from August 2001 to February 2007.
• Submarine Officer – US Navy from February 1987 to August 2001.

Education:

• Advanced Management Program, Business Management – Harvard Business School
• Nuclear Engineering – US Navy Nuclear Power School
• BSME, Mechanical Engineering – University of Washington

 


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Keith R. Marchiando
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 Previous experience: 
• Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Carbon Motors Corporation from 2008 to 2013.
• Independent strategy and financial consultant – multiple manufacturing clients in 2007.
• Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Dura Automotive Systems, Inc. from 2005 to 2006.
• Vice President and Corporate Controller – Dura Automotive Systems, Inc. from 2003 to 2005.
 
Education:
 
• Master's degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
• BS in Finance from Lehigh University.

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Mark S. Hoefing
Chief Operating Officer

Previous experience: 

• Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Automotive Business, for Perceptron, Inc. from 2004 to 2008. 
• Director - Sales and Marketing, Automotive Business for Perceptron, Inc. from 2001 to 2004. 
• Various sales, marketing and management positions spanning nearly 20 years with Rockwell Automation, a leading global automation solution provider.  Many assignments at Rockwell were focused on the global automotive industry. 

Education: 

• BSE in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Heribert Viehweber
Vice President, Operations and Quality

Previous experience: 

• Director, Operations and Product Design – Perceptron, Inc. GmbH from 1992 to 2008. 
• Engineer – Leybold Degussa AG Hanau from 1989 to 1992. 



Education: 

• Fachhochschule in Electronic, Telecommunication Engineering Diploma from the University Giessen Friedberg. 
• Vocational Training in Mechanic and Electronics with Hartmann & Braun AG.
 

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David W. Geiss
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Previous legal experience: 

• General Counsel & Corporate Secretary – Perceptron, Inc. from 2004 to 2006. 
• General Counsel – Perceptron, Inc. from 2003 to 2004 
• Dykema Gossett PLLC, Senior Associate – Corporate & Securities/Finance from 1997 to 2003. 
• Sills, Law, Essad, Fiedler & Charboneau, PC, Associate from 1992 to 1997. 


Education: 

• J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law. 
• A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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Sylvia Smith
Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Previous experience: 

• Accounting Consultant External Reporting Group – MCN Energy Group Inc. from 1997 to 1998. 
• Controller – Primark Corporation from 1994 to 1997. 
• Assistant Controller – Primark Corporation from 1988 to 1994. 
• VP, Controller and Director – Primark Leasing Corporation from 1988 to 1996. 


Education and Certifications: 

• BSA Accounting Major Graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan. 
• Certified Public Accountant.

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Song Y. Chung
Chief Technology Officer

Previous experience: 

• Managing Director- Perceptron Asia Pacific operation from 2005 until 2011.
• Director of Sales- Technology Components Group, for Perceptron from 2001 until 2005.
• Technical Director- Engineering, Emerging Business Unit, for Perceptron from 2000 until 2001.

Education: 

• Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
• BS in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology
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Margee Kaczmarek
Vice President, Global Human Resources

Previous experience:

• Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President - Crain Communications Inc. from 2012 to 2014.
• Senior Vice President, Human Resources - Market Strategies International from 2006 to 2012.
• Vice President, Human Resources - Entertainment Publications (Division of IAC/Interactive Corporation) from 1999 to 2003.
• Additional HR leadership roles at Tenneco Automotive and General Mills.

Education and Certifications:

• Master of Labor and Industrial Relations (MLIR) from Michigan State University.
• Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University.
• Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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JP LaForest
Managing Director, Asia

Previous experience: 

• Director - Business Engagement Center & Manager, Business Development – MMPEI – University of Michigan from 2009 to 2011. 
• Acting Country Manager - Tenneco Korea, from 2006 to 2008.
Director - Business Development - Tenneco Inc. from 2002 to 2006.

• Co-Founder & Vice President, Strategy - Slingshot Solutions, Inc. from 1999 to 2002.
Various engineering, business development, consulting, and management positions with Business Development Asia, LLC; General Motors Corp.; Booz • Allen & Hamilton; Tenneco Inc./Tenneco Japan; and AAP St. Marys Corp. (subsidiary of Hitachi Metals America).

Education:

• Master of Business Administration – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BSET, Mechanical Engineering – University of Dayton

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