Mitchell P. Rales Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mitchell P. Rales is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of our company. Mitchell Rales has served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Danaher Corporation since 1984. For more than the past five years, Mitchell Rales has been a principal in a number of private business entities with interests in manufacturing companies and publicly traded securities.
Steven E. Simms President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Steven E. Simms is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Colfax Corporation. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Apex Tools and is a former Executive Vice President of Danaher Corporation. Mr. Simms held a variety of leadership roles during his 11-year career at Danaher. He became Executive Vice President in 2000 and served in that role through his retirement in 2007, during which time he was instrumental in Danaher's international growth and success. He previously served as Vice PresidentGroup Executive from 1998 to 2000 and as an executive in Danaher's tools and components business from 1996 to 1998. Prior to joining Danaher, Mr. Simms held roles of increasing authority at Black & Decker Corporation, most notably PresidentEuropean Operations and PresidentWorldwide Accessories. Mr. Simms started his career at the Quaker Oats Company where he held a number of brand management roles. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Apex Tools, which was formed in 2010 as a joint venture between Danaher Tool Group and Cooper Tools, is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Boys' Latin School of Maryland and is actively involved in a number of other educational and charitable organizations in the Baltimore area.
Clay H. Kiefaber Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer ESAB Global and Director
Clay H. Kiefaber is Executive Vice President' Chief Executive Officer ESAB Global and a Director of Colfax Corporation. Mr. Kiefaber has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer of Colfax from January 2010 through April 2012 and on the Colfax Board of Directors since the Company's IPO in 2008. Before joining Colfax' he spent nearly 20 years in increasingly senior executive positions at Masco Corporation. Most recently' he was a Group President' where he was responsible for a $2.8 billion group of architectural coatings' windows' and spa business units. Prior to becoming a Group President at Masco' Mr. Kiefaber was Group Vice President of Masco Builder Cabinet Group. He previously spent 14 years in increasingly senior positions in Masco's Merillat Industries subsidiary. Mr. Kiefaber holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and a B.A. degree from Miami University.
Patrick W. Allender Director
Patrick W. Allender is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Danaher Corporation, where he served from 1987 until 2006. Mr. Allender is a director of the Brady Corporation where he is a member of the audit and compensation committees and the chairman of their finance committee.
Thomas S. Gayner is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Markel Corporation. Since 1990, Mr. Gayner has served as President of Markel Gayner Asset Management, Inc. Mr. Gayner served as a director of Markel Corporation from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Gayner currently serves on the board of directors of The Washington Post Company and The Davis Funds.
Rhonda Jordan has served as a Director of Colfax since February 2009. She is the former President, Global Health, Wellness & Sustainability for Kraft Foods Inc. and in that role led the development of Kraft's health & wellness and sustainability strategies and plans for the company, including marketing, product development, technology, alliances and acquisitions. Prior to being named President, Health & Wellness in 2010, she was the President of the Cheese and Dairy business unit of Kraft Foods Inc.
San Orr is Partner & Chief Operating Officer of BDT Capital Partners, LLC, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to joining BDT Capital in 2009, Mr. Orr spent over ten years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in several positions, including Managing Director, GS Direct, Investment Banking Division, where he advised clients and led transaction teams on mergers and acquisitions, equity, convertible and debt financings. Mr. Orr's background also includes public accounting experience as well as bankruptcy, corporate & securities and finance & tax law. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School.
A. Clayton Perfall Director
Clay Perfall is the Chief Executive Officer of Archway Marketing Services, Inc. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of AHL Services Inc. from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Perfall joined our board in 2010.
Rajiv Vinnakota has been the Managing Director and President of The SEED Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, since 1997. Prior to co-founding SEED, Mr. Vinnakota was an associate at Mercer Management Consulting.