Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

David L. Watza
David L. Watza
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer
David L. Watza Age: 52
Director since 2018

Principal occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer of Perceptron.

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.

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
Carlo D. Cibien
Carlo D. Cibien
Vice President and Managing Director, Coord3
Carlo D. Cibien Previous experience:
  • Finance Director - Daewoo SpA Italy from 2006 to 2010.
  • Finance and Administration Manager - Di Baio Editore SpA from 2004 to 2006.
  • Europe Finance Director - Advanced Micro Devices from 1981 to 2004.


Education:
  • University G. Marconi, Rome - B.A. Science Politics
  • Milan, M. Bianchi - Accounting & Administration
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)
Richard J. Van Valkenburg
Richard J. Van Valkenburg
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Richard J. 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

Jay W. Freeland
Jay W. Freeland
CHAIRMAN
Jay W. Freeland Age: 49
Director since 2018
Chairman of the Board since May 2019

Principal occupation: Investor, Board Member, Volunteer and Retired President, CEO & Director at FARO Technologies, Inc.

Previous experience:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of FARO Technologies, Inc. ('FARO') from December 2006 until December 2015.
  • Director of FARO from February 2006 until December 2015.
  • Co-Chief Executive Officer of FARO from January 2006 until December 2006.
  • President and Chief Operating Officer of FARO from November 2004 until January 2006.
  • Founder & President of Freeland Solutions, LLC, a strategy and management consulting firm, From April 2003 until November 2004.
  • Various positions with General Electric Company and its affiliates, including Vice President - Global Sales, Marketing & Commercial Operations - GE Energy Rentals and President and Chief Operating Officer of GE Harris Energy Control Systems, LLC, from July 1991 until April 2003.
W. Richard Marz
W. Richard Marz
W. Richard Marz Age: 73
Director since 2000
Chairman of the Board from January 2008 to May 2019

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.
David L. Watza
David L. Watza
David L. Watza Age: 52
Director since 2018

Principal occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer of Perceptron.

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.

Education and Certifications:
  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, BBA
  • Registered CPA, State of Michigan
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
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: 67
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