Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Eric D. Ashleman

    Eric Ashleman is a member of the board and chief executive officer of IDEX Corporation. Eric became chief executive officer of IDEX Corporation in December 2020 after becoming president in February 2020. He was previously chief operating officer beginning in 2015. He has been integral to the company’s success, including his role in developing the company’s distinct culture, business model and strategy.
    He joined IDEX in 2008 as the president of Gast Manufacturing, an operating unit that produces high-quality, niche pneumatics. In 2010, he added responsibilities for Global Dispensing, the leading provider of automated color tinting solutions within the architectural coatings market. He received his first group executive role in 2012, with a collection of six companies from within two IDEX reporting segments. In the next few years, Eric and his teams developed and piloted the elements of the IDEX Operating Model and began work with 8020, an approach to business that focuses on the vital few variables that drive the greatest degree of impact.
    In 2014, he expanded his group executive scope into the IDEX Health & Science and Optics businesses. Eric is passionate about developing high-performing global teams and talent. Many of IDEX’s current senior operating leaders were identified as emerging leaders within his group.
    Prior to joining IDEX, he served as the president of Schutt Sports, the market leader for protective equipment in American football. The company introduced breakthrough helmet technology during his tenure, capturing share at all levels of competition. Prior to Schutt, Eric led teams within operations and general management at three business units of Danaher Corporation. It was here, in tough turnaround situations, that he developed the ability to focus teams around the critical few business levers to drive quick momentum and progress. Prior to Danaher, he worked within scalable operations roles at AlliedSignal/Honeywell. He began his career within manufacturing at Lincoln Brass Works.
    Eric received a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has a passion for history and literature, and he is a lifelong, practicing musician who spends much of his free time playing and recording. Eric and his wife live in the Chicago area, where they enjoy travel, the arts, and a seemingly endless loop of home maintenance and rehabilitation of their 1920’s-era home. They have four grown children.
    Eric is also a director of Modine Manufacturing Co. and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).
    • Mark A. Beck

      Mark A. Beck served as President and Chief Executive Officer of JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (JELD-WEN), one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, from November 2015 to February 2018, and was a director of JELD-WEN from May 2016 to February 2018. Prior to JELD-WEN, Mr. Beck served as an Executive Vice President at Danaher Corporation, leading Danaher’s water quality and dental programs, beginning in April 2014. Before that, he spent 18 years with Corning Incorporated in a series of management positions, culminating in his appointment as Executive Vice President overseeing Corning’s environmental technologies and life science units in July 2012. Mr. Beck received a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Pacific University and a master of business administration degree from Harvard University. Mark Beck is a director of Owens & Minor Co.
      Independent Director
    • Mark A. Buthman

      Mark A. Buthman retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation as of January 2016 after 33 years of service. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kimberly-Clark from January 2003 through April 2015. As Chief Financial Officer, his scope of responsibility included finance and investor relations, real estate, global procurement, shared services and information technology services. Mr. Buthman joined Kimberly-Clark in 1982 and over his career he held a wide range of leadership roles in financial analysis and business support, mergers and acquisitions, and operations management. Mr. Buthman holds a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and is a director of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
      Independent Director
    • Carl R. Christenson

      Carl R. Christenson serves as Chairman and CEO of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (“Altra”), a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of electromechanical power transmission motion control products. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Altra from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held several management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
      Independent Director
    • William M. Cook

      William Cook serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Cook held the Chairman of the Board position for Donaldson Company, Inc. from 2005 to 2016 until his retirement and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson from 2004 to 2015. During his 35 years at Donaldson, he served in numerous senior executive positions, including as Chief Financial Officer, and developed strong international business, financial, and organizational leadership skills. He earned a BS degree in Business Management and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Currently, Mr. Cook is also Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Neenah, Inc. and is a Director of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.
      Vice-Chair of the Board
    • Lakecia N. Gunter

      Lakecia N. Gunter serves as Vice President and General Manager of IoT Global and Strategic Engagement at Microsoft Corporation. Lakecia is responsible for growing and scaling Microsoft’s IoT business, from revenue growth to technical adoption and acceleration. Previously she served as Vice President of the Programmable Solutions Group and General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Operations at Intel Corporation. While at Intel, she served in several leadership roles, including Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant to the CEO. Ms. Gunter earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    • Katrina L. Helmkamp

      Katrina Helmkamp serves as chief executive officer of Cartus Corporation, the relocation services subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States. Previously, Ms. Helmkamp served as chief executive officer of Lenox Corporation from November 2016 to June 2018. Prior to Lenox Corporation, Ms. Helmkamp served as the chief executive officer of SVP Worldwide from 2010 through 2014, and as senior vice president, North America Product for Whirlpool Corporation from 2008 to 2010. Ms. Helmkamp has significant experience overseeing new product development and technology initiatives. In addition, she is highly knowledgeable in managing the operations and profitability of global businesses that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from outside of the United States. Ms. Helmkamp received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering and a master of business administration from Northwestern University.
      Independent Director
    • Ernest J. Mrozek

      Ernest Mrozek served as the vice chairman and chief financial officer of ServiceMaster until his retirement in March of 2008. Through over 20 years of executive experience in various senior positions in general management, operations, and finance at ServiceMaster, Mr. Mrozek developed extensive knowledge of the business services industry and gained valuable financial expertise in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining ServiceMaster in 1987, Mr. Mrozek spent 12 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Mrozek received a bachelor of science in accountancy with honors from the University of Illinois and is a certified public accountant on inactive status. Mr. Mrozek is a director of Advanced Disposal Services Inc.
      Independent Director
    • David C. Parry

      David Parry served as vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) from 2010 until his retirement in April of 2017. Prior to that, he served as the executive vice president of ITW with responsibility for the Polymers and Fluids Group. During 18 years of executive and management experience in various senior management positions at ITW, Mr. Parry successfully grew the operations and profitability of multiple businesses and helped ITW complete numerous acquisitions. He received a bachelor of science in chemistry, a master of science in chemistry, and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in polymer chemistry from Victoria University of Manchester in Manchester, England.
      Independent Director
    • Livingston L. Satterthwaite

      Livingston Satterthwaite has served as President of Cummins Distribution Business, a unit of Cummins, Inc., since April 2015. Since joining Cummins in 1988, Mr. Satterthwaite has held various positions of increasing importance, including managerial and sales positions in the United Kingdom and Singapore, where he developed business leadership, sales skills, international experience, and extensive knowledge of industrial manufacturing. Mr. Satterthwaite received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and a masters in business administration degree from Stanford University.
      Independent Director