Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

David L. Watza
David L. Watza
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer
David L. Watza Previous experience:
    TriMas Corporation
    • Vice President Corporate Development and Treasury, responsible for Global Treasury, March 2015 to October 2015.
    • Vice President Business Planning & Analysis, June 2013 to March 2015.
    • Division Finance Officer – Australia, overseas assignment, March 2011 to June 2013.
    • Division Finance Officer – Cequent Performance Products, July 2005 to March 2011.
  • DTE Energy, Energy Trading Company – non-regulated subsidiary,
    Risk Analyst and Accounting Supervisor roles, January 2000 to July 2005.
  • Lear Corporation, Manager of External Reporting, January 1996 to January 2000.
  • Durakon Industries, Corporate Controller, May 1992 to January 1996.
  • Arthur Andersen, Senior Auditor, July 1988 to May 1992.
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Education and Certifications:
  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, BBA
  • Registered CPA, State of Michigan
John Kearney
John Kearney
Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA
John Kearney Previous experience:
  • Director of Sales and Marketing, Perceptron EMEA from 2003 to 2008.Various positions in project management, application engineering, product management and marketing for Perceptron EMEA spanning over 10 years.
  • Director in family owned automotive retail group from 1987 to 1989.


Education:
  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics with Management Science from the University of Kent at Caterbury, UK in collaboration with the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Heribert Viehweber
Heribert Viehweber
Vice President, Global Operations and Quality
Heribert Viehweber Previous experience:
  • Acting MD, Director Operations – Perceptron GmbH from 2000 to 2008.
  • Project Manager, Operations Manager – Perceptron GmbH from 1992 to 2000.
  • Commissioning Engineer – Leybold Degussa AG Hanau from 1989 to 1992.
  • Electrical Engineer – Siemens AG



Education:
  • University Diploma in Electronic Engineering (Dipl. – Ing.)
  • THM University of Applied Sciences (Mittel-Hessen Germany)
James West
James West
Vice President, Engineering
James West Previous experience:
  • Consultant – various machine vision and laser metrology firms from 2009 to 2014.
  • Chief Technology Officer, General Manager and Vice President of Engineering – FARO Technologies from 1997 to 2009.
  • Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer – Perceptron, Inc. from 1981 to 1988.


Education:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering – General Motors Institute (now Kettering University)
  • MS in Electrical Engineering – University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory
Rick Van Valkenburg
Rick Van Valkenburg
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Rick Van Valkenburg Previous experience:
  • Sales Account Manager for General Motors – Perceptron, Inc. from 2009 to 2016.
  • Application Engineering, Project Management and Project Engineering – Perceptron, Inc. from 1996 to 2009.

Education:
  • BA in Economics – University of Michigan

Board Of Directors

W. Richard Marz
W. Richard Marz
CHAIRMAN
W. Richard Marz Age: 74
Director since 2000
Chairman of the Board since January 2008

Principal occupation: President of MMW Group, a Technology Consulting group that focuses on working with early to mid-stage companies with special emphasis on product definition, sales organization development, and marketing and channel strategies.

Previous experience:
  • Executive Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Marketing of LSI Logic Corporation from 2003 to 2006.
  • Executive Vice President, Communications and ASIC Technology of LSI Logic Corporation from 2002 to 2003.
  • Executive Vice President, Geographic Markets, LSI Logic from 1995 to 2003.
  • Vice President Sales & Marketing, The Americas, Advanced Micro Devices from 1985 to 1995.
C. Richard Neely Jr.
C. Richard Neely Jr.
C. Richard Neely Jr. Age: 63
Director since 2014

Principal occupation: Financial consulting services for Executive / C-Suite level professionals.


Previous experience:
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intermolecular, Inc., from 2013 to 2017.
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tessera Technologies, Inc., from 2012 to 2013.
  • Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain at Livescribe from 2011 to 2012.
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Monolithic Power Systems from 2005 to 2011.
  • Chief Financial Officer at NuCORE Technology from 2002 to 2005.
Committee memberships:
  • Audit – Chair
Robert S. Oswald
Robert S. Oswald
Robert S. Oswald Age: 76
Director since 1996

Principal occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Paice, L.L.C., a developer of hybrid electric power train technology.

Previous experience:
  • Chief Executive Officer of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, L.L.C. from 2002 to 2003.
  • Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Bosch Corporation 1996 to 2000.
Committee membership:
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance – Chair
  • Audit
Other directorships: Paice, L.L.C.; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, L.L.C.; Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
Terryll R. Smith
Terryll R. Smith
Terryll R. Smith Age: 67
Director since 1996

Principal occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer of Water Security Corp., an early stage start-up company focused on drinking water applications.

Previous experience:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Novation Environmental Technologies, Inc. from 2000 to 2007.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Pico Networks from 1999 to 2000
  • Group V.P Sales and Marketing of Advanced Micro Devices from 1996 to 1998.
Committee membership:
  • Management Development, Compensation and Stock Option
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance
John F. Bryant
John F. Bryant
John F. Bryant Age: 33
Director since 2016

Principal occupation: Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Harbert Discovery Fund GP, LLC, an investment management firm that serves as the General Partner of Harbert Discovery Fund, LP, since 2014.

Previous experience:
  • Vice President of BlackRock, Inc. from 2007 to 2012.
Committee membership:
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance
James A. Ratigan
James A. Ratigan
James A. Ratigan Age: 69
Director since 2016

Principal occupation: Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Delaware Valley University since 2015.

Previous experience:
  • Chief Financial Officer, Nitric BioTherapeutics, Inc., from 2005 to 2014.
  • Independent consultant providing consultative services to two specialty pharmaceutical companies from 2003 to 2006.
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Orapharma, Inc. from 1997 to 2003.
  • Director of Perceptron from 1989 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2013.
Committee membership:
  • Audit
William C. Taylor
William C. Taylor
William C. Taylor Age: 68
Director since 2016

Principal occupation: President of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (the “EDPA”), a private, statewide organization that works to attract and retain business and industry and address other critical issues affecting economic development such as workforce development, since 2009.

Previous experience:
  • President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., from 1999 to 2009.
  • Vice President Operations, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., from 1993 to 1999.
  • Vice President Manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, from 1987 to 1993.
  • Various roles with Ford Motor Company Canada from 1969 to 1987.

Committee Membership:
  • Management Development, Compensation and Stock Option