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.
Segment President, Flow Technology
Don Canterna was named segment president, Flow Technology and an officer in August 2005. He joined SPX in 2001 when SPX acquired United Dominion Industries, where he had been general manager of Waukesha® Cherry-Burrell® since 1997. He was promoted to president of Waukesha Cherry-Burrell in 2001 and was named president of SPX Process Equipment in 2003 when Waukesha Cherry-Burrell, Lightnin® and Bran+Luebbe® were consolidated. Prior to joining SPX, Mr. Canterna held positions with Westinghouse Electric and Nabisco. He holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the US Naval Academy.
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.
Segment President, Industrial Products and Services
Dave Kowalski was named 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.
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.
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 BS of Management Science from Virginia Tech.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy Smeltser assumed the role of Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of SPX Corporation in August 2012 after a decade of 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy.
Vice President, Business Development
Michael Whitted is vice president, Business Development for SPX Corporation. 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. He joined SPX Corporation in June 2001. Prior to joining SPX Corporation, Mr. Whitted was a vice president at Bear Stearns. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Whitted worked with industrial and technology clients, but was primarily focused on the consumer products industry. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Whitted 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.