Board of Directors
Mr. DeZwirek has been Chairman of the Board since May 2013. Previously, he served as Secretary from February 1998 until September 2013. In 1999, Mr. DeZwirek founded Kaboose Inc., a family focused online media company, and served as Chairman and CEO until its sale to Disney Online (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and Barclays Private Equity Limited in June 2009.
Mr. DeZwirek also previously served as a director and corporate secretary of API Technologies Corp., a prime contractor in electronics, highly engineered systems, secure communications, and electronic components and sub-systems for the defense and aerospace industries, from November 2006 through January 2011.
With his experience at Kaboose Inc., Mr. DeZwirek brings broad executive expertise, including operations, technology, management and strategy. Having served as a CECO director for over 20 years, he also has a breadth of knowledge of the overall issues the Company faces.
Mr. Gleason is Chief Executive Officer and a board member of CECO Environmental, and is responsible for driving the company's strategic vision and aligning the organization for optimal value creation.
Mr. Gleason joined CECO in July 2020 from Scientific Analytics, a private equity-backed, predicative analytics technologies and services company, where he served as President and CEO, and as a board member since 2015. He has also held various senior leadership positions at leading diversified industrial companies including Pentair, Trane Technologies and Honeywell International. While at Pentair, Mr. Gleason was a board member of Faradyne Motors – a joint venture between Pentair and Xylem.
Mr. Gleason holds a master’s degree in management in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has his Six Sigma Black Belt and has completed numerous process improvement programs in LEAN Enterprise.
Robert E. Knowling, Jr.
Mr. Knowling is currently chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineer businesses. He also serves as an advisor-coach to CEOs.
Mr. Knowling has held a variety of senior leadership positions, including CEO of Telwares, a provider of telecommunications expense management solutions, CEO of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent nonprofit corporation, Chairman and CEO of SimDesk Technologies, Inc., and Chairman, President and CEO of Covad Communications, a private equity-backed start-up company. Mr. Knowling has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Wabash College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. Knowling currently serves on the board of directors of Rite-Aid, Citrix and Stride. He previously served as director of Roper Technologies, Convergys Corporation, Heidrick & Struggles International, Ariba, Hewlett-Packard and Shell Oil Exploration.
David B. Liner
Mr. Liner served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Roper Technologies, Inc. from August 2005 until June 2016, and as a Vice President until his retirement in January 2018. He helped execute Roper's acquisition program, deploying over $5 billion in assets and acquiring over 40 businesses.
Prior to Roper, Mr. Liner served as a corporate partner of Dykema Gossett, a national law firm, where he headed the firm’s automotive industry practice and founded the firm’s China practice. Previously, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Metaldyne Corporation, a manufacturer of products for the global transportation industry. Mr. Liner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
Mr. Liner brings extensive legal, transactional, and corporate governance and compliance expertise to the Board, having built and led a global corporate compliance and risk program as the General Counsel of a public company.
Claudio A. Mannarino
Mr. Mannarino is the President of Sette CS Inc., a management consulting firm. From June 2014 to November 2015, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics and security technologies for critical and high-reliability applications.
He also served as API’s Senior Vice President, Finance from January 2010 to June 2014 and as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance from November 2006 to January 2010. Before joining API, Mr. Mannarino served as Controller for two divisions of Transcontinental, Inc., a Canadian publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Mannarino holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and attained his Certified Management Accountant certification in 1996. Mr. Mannarino brings over 20 years of financial, strategic and merger and acquisition expertise to the Board.
Mr. Nanda has served as the President, Americas & Europe of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a global manufacturer of plumbing, heating and water quality products, since February 2016 after joining in April 2015 as President, Americas.
Mr. Nanda previously served as President of Control Technologies for ITT Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets, and prior to this served as Group Vice President for its Fluid and Motion Control Group. Prior to ITT, Mr. Nanda held several operating leadership and general management positions with Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation and Honeywell International. Mr. Nanda graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Production Engineering with Honors from Regional Engineering College Tiruchy in India and earned an MBA from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Nanda brings over 25 years of experience working in senior operational management roles for global industrial manufacturers, and also brings extensive experience in the fluid handling, energy and niche manufacturing industries.
Valerie Gentile Sachs
Ms. Sachs served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of OM Group, Inc., a global developer and manufacturer of magnetic technologies, battery technologies and engineered specialty chemicals, until its sale to Apollo Global Management in 2015. She had executive responsibility for OM Group’s worldwide legal, internal audit and environment, health and safety operations.
She also served on the boards of directors and acted as Managing Director of numerous U.S. and non-U.S. entities affiliated with OM Group. Prior to OM Group, Ms. Sachs served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., a U.S.-based retailer. She previously served as General Counsel of Marconi plc, a London-based, global communications and information technology company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with honors from Bowling Green State University, and her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and a DeWitt Scholar.
Ms. Sachs brings extensive legal, executive management and leadership experience to the Board, having served on executive management teams of public companies that have effectively worked through strategic transitions, integrations and restructurings. She has an understanding of international operating challenges and opportunities, and expertise in the areas of governance, compliance and executive compensation.
Richard F. Wallman
Mr. Wallman was elected to the board in November 2021. From 1995 through his retirement in 2003, Mr. Wallman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Honeywell International, Inc. a diversified technology company, and AlliedSignal, Inc., a diversified technology company (prior to its merger with Honeywell). Mr. Wallman currently serves on the board of directors of Smile Direct Club, Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. and Roper Technologies, Inc., all publicly traded companies in the United States.
Mr. Wallman previously served on the board of directors of Convergys Corporation, Extended Stay America, Inc. and Wright Medical, Inc. all publicly traded companies in the United States and Boart Longyear, a publicly traded company in Australia. Mr. Wallman received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Wallman brings more than 30 years of executive leadership and management experience across a broad range of global businesses and industries and has a deep understanding of the global challenges and opportunities the Company will continue to face as it grows the business.