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Duncan Gillis

President and CEO, John Crane Group

Duncan Gillis was appointed to the role of President and CEO of John Crane Group in October 2012. John Crane is a global leader of engineered products and services to a global customer base across energy services and other major process industries. It is the largest division of Smiths Group, with 2012 revenues of more than $1.5 billion.

Previously, Mr. Gillis was President and CEO of the privately held Algeco Scotsman Group, the global leader in the modular space and secure storage industry with revenues of approximately $2 billion. He joined Algeco Scotsman in 2009. During his tenure, the company expanded globally while undergoing a major transformation program, resulting in a near doubling of revenues, improved operating and governance processes, and a more performance-driven culture.

From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Gillis held several leadership positions with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), including President of the Global Security Products Group and President of Carrier’s Asia-Pacific Region while based in Singapore. Prior to his tenure at UTC, Mr. Gillis held positions with Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Gillis earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, after which he served as an infantry officer (Airborne Ranger qualified) in the U.S. Army before returning for his master's degree in business administration from Cornell. He currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers.

John Donatiello

Vice President of Global End-User Sales and Service

John Donatiello is Vice President of Global End-User Sales and Service, with global responsibility for the end-user business and aftermarket services. Mr. Donatiello has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a deep understanding of John Crane’s customers’ needs and a passion for customer excellence. Prior to this position, Mr. Donatiello was John Crane’s Vice President of the Americas.

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Donatiello worked for Weir Oil & Gas, a global provider of oil and gas products. He started his tenure there as Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Engineering for the Weir Services division. He was then given added responsibility to run Weir’s regional service business in the Middle East, India and North Africa. Mr. Donatiello was promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Service for Weir Oil and Gas. From 1981 to 2005, he worked at Flowserve in numerous leadership positions in sales, operations, service and general management.

Mr. Donatiello holds an MBA in operations management from Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

David Hill

Vice President of Global First-Fit Sales and Projects

As Vice President of Global First-Fit Sales and Projects, David Hill holds global responsibility for the First-Fit OEM customer business, including large global projects. Before being appointed to his current position, Mr. Hill was Vice President of Asia Pacific, with responsibility for sales, customer service, operations, finance and human resources across all business entities within this region. Mr. Hill was Global Vice President for John Crane’s Strategic Businesses from 2009 to 2011. In this role, he had responsibility for new business acquisitions and drove strategic development to broaden the product portfolio. He was also responsible for the successful global integration of John Crane’s acquired businesses.

Since joining John Crane in 1996, he has held several other leadership positions in global product line management, turbomachinery and international projects, and as a country and general manager. He began his career at National Oilwell Varco, based out of Texas.

Mr. Hill holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stockport College of Technology, and has successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Program at the Cranfield  School of Management.

David Tallentire

Vice President of Global Operations

David Tallentire is John Crane’s Vice President of Global Operations. He holds responsibility for the company’s global operations, procurement, supply chain management and continuous improvement, including lean operations implementation. Prior to this position, Mr. Tallentire was Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and supply chain. In this position, Mr. Tallentire was responsible for sales, customer service, operations, finance and human resources across 33 business entities within the EMEA region, as well as the company’s global supply chain strategy.

Mr. Tallentire began his career at John Crane in 1999 in the High-volume Operations Group. Since then, he has been promoted into several operations and general management leadership roles. Mr. Tallentire holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in metallurgy and materials science from The University of Birmingham.

Eric Evans

Vice President and Divisional Chief Financial Officer

Eric Evans is John Crane’s Divisional Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the company’s global finance organization and all financial operations.  Prior to joining John Crane in 2011, he held senior leadership roles at Covidien, a $12 billion health care products company. He joined Covidien in 2007 as Vice President of Finance for the company’s $1 billion Pharmaceutical division; he was then appointed to Vice President and General Manager of the company’s $400 million Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) global business unit.

Mr. Evans worked at Johnson & Johnson from 2001 to 2007, where he held numerous director of finance roles, while living abroad in Belgium for more than three years.  He began his career at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Evans holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, a B.A. in economics from John Carroll University and is a Certified Management Accountant. He formerly served on the board of directors for the Drug, Chemical, and Associated Technologies Association before joining John Crane.

Angelo "Mike" Rizzo

Global Vice President of Human Resources

Mike Rizzo is the Global Vice President of Human Resources for John Crane. Mike first joined Smiths Group in the Smiths Aerospace, Barringer division in 2002, and was soon appointed as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Smiths Detection Division, based out of London. In 2009, Mr. Rizzo was appointed to his current position.

Before joining Smiths Group, Mr. Rizzo worked for Bestfoods for 15 years and was the Vice President of Human Resources for their Baking division. Prior to that position, he spent two years in Hong Kong as Vice President of Human Resources for Bestfoods Asia.

Mr. Rizzo holds a M.S. in labor and industrial relations from the New York Institute of Technology and a B.S. from St. John’s University in New York.

Luca Mazzei

Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Product Management

Luca Mazzei is the company’s Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Product Management, responsible for strategy, product management, pricing, marketing and communications. Prior to joining John Crane in 2013, he was Vice President of Global Strategy & Marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS), where he was responsible for developing the company’s global growth strategy while ensuring alignment of marketing activities with the sales and operations organizations. During this time, Mr. Mazzei also led Offer Management, with responsibility for managing the new offering development process in tight alignment with the technology and Honeywell labs organizations.

Before joining HBS in March 2007, Mr. Mazzei worked at GE Transportation and was responsible for business development and strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Here he led several growth initiatives, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining GE in 2004, he held positions at Siebel Systems and Bain & Company, where he began his business career.

Mr. Mazzei holds an M.S. in Aeronautic Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II”, where he graduated cum laude. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds Masters of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Mathematics from Stanford University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering/Computational Mechanics from Stanford University.

Jay Angelo

Vice President and General Counsel

Jay Angelo is the Vice President and General Counsel of John Crane, responsible for the company’s global legal and trade compliance organization. Mr. Angelo first joined Smiths Group as the General Counsel of Smiths Interconnect in 2009, and was appointed to his current position in February of 2014.

Prior to joining Smiths Group, he worked for several publicly-traded companies including Move, Inc., AMS, Inc., and j2 Global Communications, where he held Associate General Counsel positions with a broad range of responsibility for commercial transactions, corporate governance, intellectual property and compliance.  Mr. Angelo began his legal career at the New York-headquartered law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he worked in its D.C. office for three years on telecommunications regulatory, transactional and anti-trust matters.

Mr. Angelo holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A in government and a minor in economics from Georgetown University.       

Joe Haas

Vice President of Global Research, Development and Engineering (RD&E)

Joe Haas is the Vice President of Global Research, Development and Engineering, responsible for the company’s engineering organization, R&D strategy and innovation process.  During his tenure at John Crane, Mr. Haas has focused on meeting customer expectations by implementing several new engineering systems and processes that led to higher productivity and better efficiency for customers.

Mr. Haas joined John Crane in 1989 as a product engineer, before becoming a product manager and then manager of the Americas product group.  In 1995, he became responsible for new product development activities for John Crane North America and made multiple contributions to the product portfolio that are still sold to customers today.  Mr. Haas became Director of Engineering in 1999, responsible for the design, application and development activities across John Crane North America. He was soon promoted to Vice President of Engineering and maintained responsibility for all corporate engineering activities within the Americas, before being promoted to a global vice president position in 2008.

Mr. Haas holds a B.S. in technology from Missouri State University.

Ruben Alvarez

Vice President and General Manager of John Crane Production Solutions

Ruben Alvarez is the Vice President and General Manager of John Crane Production Solutions, a subsidiary of John Crane that specializes in products and services for the upstream oil market. Mr. Alvarez assumed this role in May 2013 and has responsibility for all aspects of the business operations. Since joining John Crane as an applications engineer in 1998, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility leading up to his current role.

During his career, Mr. Alvarez has been Managing Director for John Crane Iberica and John Crane Western Europe, including France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain and Portugal. Next, he was appointed to Managing Director of John Crane Middle East and Africa, where he held responsibility for a culturally and politically diverse region that stretched from the Caspian territories to the Gulf Coast countries and the African continent — totaling 68 countries.

Mr. Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA in international management from European University of Toulouse, France.  He also successfully completed an International Executive Management Program (TGMP) and the Corporate Leader Program at Harvard Business School.

Zhenning Mao

Vice President of John Crane Greater China

Zhenning Mao was appointed Vice President of John Crane Greater China in August 2013. Mr. Mao has full responsibility for the business in China and is focused on building the infrastructure to support this fast-growing region. He joined John Crane in 2009 as Managing Director of John Crane Greater China.

Previously, Mr. Mao was Vice President of Asia Business Development at Chart Industries Inc., where he worked for 14 years. Chart is a global company and leader in cryogenic technology. His prior role at Chart was General Manager of China, with full responsibility for the business and building an employee team of more than 500 members. In 2007, he was named Best Enterpriser of Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) in Changzhou, China.

Mr. Mao holds a B.S. in thermal energy engineering from Beijing University of Science and Technology, China, and a M.S. in chemical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada.

Rich Steffens

Vice President of Global Quality

Rich Steffens is the company’s Vice President of Global Quality, responsible for driving quality across the organization’s global network. Prior to joining John Crane in 2013, he spent 10 years in quality leadership roles at Harley Davidson Motor Company. His most recent position was the director of quality for global advanced manufacturing where he was responsible for the strategic and tactical integration of quality operating and management systems, manufactured product quality, and process standardization and implementation. 

During his tenure at Harley Davidson, he was also responsible for teaching and mentoring continuous improvement of manufacturing systems for global manufacturing operations. Before joining Harley Davidson, Mr. Steffens spent 16 years at Ford Motor Company and three years at General Motors. Mr. Steffens holds a M.S. in engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technical University.  


Alistair Rogers

Vice President of Global Transformation Management

Alistair Rogers is Vice President of Global Transformation, holding responsibility for the program management office. Mr. Rogers works across the global organization to ensure execution of the company’s strategic programs. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Global Quality, responsible for quality systems and improving quality performance across the global business.

Since joining John Crane in 1987 as a design engineer, Mr. Rogers has worked in multiple regional and global roles across the engineering and operations organizations. He spent time in the Marine Group based in Canada, before being promoted to Director of Engineering for John Crane Asia Pacific. In 2002, Mr. Rogers was appointed as Director and then Vice President of Operations of the Americas, based in the United States.

Mr. Rogers holds a B.Sc (Hons) in mechanical engineering from The University of Birmingham.

Dean Pierpoint

Executive CIO, Business Information Services, Smiths Group, plc

Dean Pierpoint is the John Crane Executive Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mr. Pierpoint provides executive leadership for Smiths Business Information Services (BIS) with John Crane in order to ensure both strategic and operational alignment with the division’s strategy, objectives and operational needs.  In the role of Executive CIO, he is accountable for the relationship between BIS and John Crane, ensuring that the organization’s IT needs and requirements are properly met and represented through Smiths Group shared information technology services portfolio.

Prior to joining Smiths Group, Mr. Pierpoint worked for a number of consulting and IT organizations.  From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Pierpoint was a practice director for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), focused on the sale and delivery of consulting services for the implementation of enterprise resource planning software. From 1996 to 2007, he worked in KPMG’s consulting practice. Mr. Pierpoint has worked with the following companies during his tenure with CSC and KPMG: ACCO Brands, Alcoa, GE, Hallmark Cards, Haworth Office Furniture, Ingersoll Rand, Motorola and Qualcomm. He began his career at GE.

Dean holds a B.S. in business and finance from the University of Manchester.