Christopher J. Kearney
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Christopher J. Kearney is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of SPX. He was named president and chief executive officer in December 2004, and added the title of chairman in May 2007. He joined the company in February 1997 as vice president, secretary and general counsel and an officer of the company. Prior to joining SPX he was senior vice president and general counsel of Grimes Aerospace Company, a leading manufacturer of aircraft lighting equipment, engine system components and electronic systems. His business experience also includes positions at Borg-Warner Chemicals as senior attorney and senior counsel at General Electric’s global materials business. Mr. Kearney holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from DePaul University Law School. Mr. Kearney is a member of the Advisory Council for University Libraries, University of Notre Dame, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Carolinas. Mr. Kearney is also a director of Nucor Corporation and Polypore International, Inc. Mr. Kearney has been a director of SPX since 2004.
Robert B. Foreman
Executive Vice President, Global Business Systems and Services and President, Asia Pacific
Robert B. Foreman was named executive vice president, Global Business Systems and Services in June 2008. He joined SPX Corporation in May 1999 as vice president, Human Resources, and an officer of the company. In December 2004, he became senior vice president, Human Resources. He assumed the role of executive vice president, Human Resources, and president, Asia Pacific, in December 2005. Mr. Foreman joined SPX from PepsiCo, where he was vice president, Human Resources for Frito-Lay International. During his 14 years with PepsiCo, he spent seven years in Asia where he worked in both the Pepsi and Frito-Lay businesses across 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. A graduate of the State University of New York Geneseo, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.
President, Global Manufacturing Operations and Industrial Products & Services
David Kowalski was named president, Global Manufacturing Operations, in August 2013 and segment president, Industrial Products and Services, in August 2011. He joined SPX in 1999 as the vice president and general manager of Tools and Equipment at Service Solutions and was named president of Service Solutions in 2004. He became segment president, Test and Measurement, and an officer in August 2005. Before joining SPX he held positions with American National Can Company, J.I. Case, Picker International and Warner Swasey. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Kevin L. Lilly
Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Kevin L. Lilly was named vice president, secretary and general counsel and an officer of the company in January 2006. He was promoted to senior vice president in January 2007. Mr. Lilly joined SPX in 2003 as general counsel for the company’s publicly traded subsidiary, Inrange Technologies Corporation. After the sale of Inrange, he was group general counsel for the technical and industrial systems businesses and associate general counsel for SPX business operations. Previously, Mr. Lilly served as partner at Archer & Greiner, partner at Jamieson, Moore, Peskin & Spicer and staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Notre Dame and earned his JD degree from the Notre Dame Law School.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy Smeltser was appointed vice president, chief financial officer of SPX Corporation in August 2012 and was named an officer of the company in April 2009. Prior to this, he spent a decade serving the company in various other roles including vice president, chief financial officer for the company’s Flow Technology segment and vice president, finance. Mr. Smeltser first joined SPX in 2002 from Ernst & Young LLP where he served as an audit manager. Prior to that, he held various positions with Arthur Andersen LLP where he focused primarily on assurance services for global manufacturing clients. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Mr. Smeltser earned a B.S. in accountancy.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Michael Whitted is vice president, corporate development for SPX Corporation and was named an officer of the company in April 2009. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and consummating opportunities for profitable growth through expansion of existing SPX businesses, and external opportunities, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. He is also responsible for SPX's divestiture activities. Prior to joining SPX Corporation in June 2001, Mr. Whitted was a vice president at Bear Stearns, where he worked with industrial and technology clients, but was primarily focused on the consumer products industry. He also held a series of positions with investment banking firms, including CIBC World Markets and Bankers Trust. Mr. Whitted received a bachelor of business administration (BBA) from the University of Michigan Business School.
President and Managing Director, SPX Flow Technology and SPX Corporate Services, Asia Pacific
Nina Liu serves as president and managing director, Asia Pacific for SPX Flow Technology and SPX Corporate Services. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing SPX’s businesses in the Asia Pacific region, which span across 11 countries and employ approximately 2,000 employees. Nina has more than 20 years of management experience with large multinational companies in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining SPX in 2003, she worked for PepsiCo, primarily with its Frito-Lay business in China. Prior to that Nina held positions with Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company and Avon China. Nina earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Mechanical Engineering University and completed an Executive Education Program of Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Segment President, Thermal Equipment and Services
Gene Lowe was named segment president, Thermal Equipment and Services in February 2013. He joined SPX as the vice president of marketing and business development for the Thermal Equipment and Services segment in 2008 and has been the president of the Global Evaporative Cooling business since 2010. Prior to joining SPX, Mr. Lowe held positions with Milliken, Bain & Company and Lazard Technology Partners. He received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School with distinguished honors and his B.S. in management science from Virginia Tech.
President, Flow Food & Beverage
Marc Michael serves as president of Flow Food & Beverage at SPX and is responsible for enhancing SPX’s execution on its Food & Beverage system projects and strategically growing the company’s presence in Food & Beverage aftermarket service and components. Mr. Michael has extensive experience with emerging markets and managing large projects and operations across EMEA. Previously, he was president of SPX’s evaporative and dry cooling businesses and President of Flow Technology's EMEA region. He also held senior positions at SPX Cooling Technologies before becoming President of SPX’s Global Dry Cooling business in 2008. Prior to joining SPX in 2003, Mr. Michael held positions with General Electric and TDK Corporation. He earned a B.S. in accounting and finance from the University of North Alabama.
President, Flow Power & Energy
Tony Renzi serves as president, Flow Power & Energy for SPX and is responsible for driving further growth and enhancements, and accelerating the commercial strategy of SPX’s Flow Power & Energy platform. Mr. Renzi has more than 30 years of operations experience. Over the years, he has served as president, SPX Dehydration and Filtration; president, SPX Process Equipment; president, APV; senior vice president, Global Operations; and president, Flow Technology – Clyde Union and Americas. Prior to joining SPX in 2005, Mr. Renzi held roles at James Burn International, Clopay, Breed Technologies, Sundstrand and General Electric. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Chief Commercial Officer
Ross Skelton serves as chief commercial officer of SPX and is responsible for strategic market development across all SPX operations with a focus on integrating technology solutions and enhancing the company’s innovation efforts. In addition, he works with SPX’s business presidents to ensure an integrated, sustainable and customer-centric approach to sales and marketing, with an emphasis on expanding the company’s aftermarket service capabilities. Mr. Skelton has more than 25 years of Flow industry experience in the Food & Beverage, Power & Energy and Industrial markets, and most recently served as vice president of Global Commercial Operations for SPX Flow Technology. Prior to joining SPX in 1992, he served as a regional sales manager for SPX’s Waukesha Cherry-Burrell business, and has since served in a variety of roles within SPX Flow Technology. Mr. Skelton earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Auburn University.
David J. Wilson
President, Flow Industrial
David J. Wilson serves as president, Flow Industrial for SPX and is responsible for driving growth in Flow Technology's industrial product lines. During his career, Mr. Wilson has held several leadership roles in each of SPX’s operating segments, including serving as president of Asia Pacific for SPX Flow Technology and the company’s Service Solutions business, the latter of which was sold in 2012. He also served as vice president of business development for the Thermal Equipment and Services segment. Prior to joining SPX in 1998, Mr. Wilson held operating and engineering leadership positions at Polaroid Corporation. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.