Board of Directors
Eric D. AshlemanEric 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. BeckMark 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 platforms, 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. Mr. Beck is a director of Owens & Minor Inc.Independent Director
Mark A. ButhmanMark 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
Alejandro Quiroz CentenoAlejandro Quiroz Centeno serves as CEO Latin America for Prysmian Group, a global leader in the energy and telecommunications cable systems industry. Prior to joining Prysmian Group, Mr. Quiroz served as President, Aptiv Latin America, leading a $5.5 billion automotive technology business with 75,000 employees and 40 locations in Mexico, Central and South America. His previous experience includes leadership roles in various countries at automotive suppliers Tenneco Inc in EMEA, Edscha Aktiengesellschaft in USA and Continental Aktiengesellschaft in Asia, as well as home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation.
Mr. Quiroz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla. He is a member of the US-Mexico Foundation and the Latino Corporate Directors Association.Independent Director
Carl R. ChristensonCarl R. Christenson served 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, from April 2014 until his retirement in March 2023. Prior to that, Mr. Christenson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Altra from from January 2009 to April 2014, after serving as President and COO 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
Lakecia N. GunterLakecia N. Gunter serves as Chief Technology Officer for the Global Partner Solutions Team at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to this role, and beginning in May 2022, she served as Vice President and General Manager of the Device Partner Solution Sales Group, after joining Microsoft in May 2020 as Vice President and General Manager of IoT Global and Strategic Engagement. Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Gunter 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.Independent Director
Katrina L. HelmkampNon-Executive ChairKatrina Helmkamp served as chief executive officer of Cartus Corporation, the relocation services subsidiary of Anywhere Real Estate, from 2018 until her retirement in January 2023. Previously, Ms. Helmkamp served as chief executive officer of Lenox Corporation from November 2016 to June 2018, and prior to that, 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
David C. ParryDavid 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. SatterthwaiteTony Satterthwaite serves as Senior Vice President of Cummins, Inc., a global power leader that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and engine-related component products. Prior to his current position, Mr. Satterthwaite served as Vice Chairman, after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins from October 2019 through March 2021.
Since joining Cummins in 1988, Mr. Satterthwaite has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as President of Cummins Distribution Business and President of Cummins Power Generation. His roles have included managerial and sales positions in the United Kingdom and Singapore, where he developed significant international experience and extensive knowledge of industrial manufacturing. Prior to joining Cummins, Mr. Satterthwaite spent four years at Schlumberger Limited, an oil field services provider, as a general field engineer.
Mr. Satterthwaite received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and a masters of business administration degree from Stanford University.Independent Director
Paris Watts-StanfieldParis Watts-Stanfield serves as Chief Financial Officer, International, of Alcon, Inc., a global leader in eyecare, dedicated to helping people see brilliantly. She was elected to the IDEX Board of Directors in 2022 based on her extensive experience in finance and audit matters, significant experience within global business leadership and strong background in business development.
Prior to joining Alcon, Paris spent five years with Medtronic, Inc., most recently as CFO of Medtronic, Greater China. Prior to that role, Paris served as Medtronic’s Chief Audit Executive with Finance, SOX PMO, Data Analytics and IT audit oversight responsibility. Paris also spent time with Alcoa and Wal-Mart in roles in Audit and Finance and Strategy.
Paris spent her early career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where she rotated through several finance and accounting roles with increasing responsibility. She was Finance Director for P&G's Internal Audit Group in Asia, CFO for P&G’s hair care business in Japan and South Korea, and CFO for its household cleaning products business in North America. Paris’ other experiences include several roles in Financial Planning, Forecasting, Manufacturing, and Sales.
A passionate community advocate, Paris serves on the Board of Feeding America. She holds an MBA in Finance, Organizations & Markets from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York.Independent Director