Board of Directors

  • Jason DeZwirek

    Mr. DeZwirek has served on the CECO board since 1994, having been Chairman since May 2013. Previously, he served as Secretary from February 1998 until September 2013. 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.

    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 brings broad executive expertise to the CECO board, 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.

  • Todd Gleason

    As Chief Executive Officer and member of the CECO Environmental board, Todd Gleason is responsible for driving the company’s strategic vision and aligning the organization for optimal value creation.

    Todd joined CECO in July 2020 after over 20 years in executive positions at leading diversified industrial companies including Honeywell International, Trane Technologies and most recently Pentair. He also held Chief Executive Officer and Board Director positions at DARI Motion, a private equity-backed, predictive analytics technologies and services company. Early in his career he served as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and QPS Services. He holds a master’s degree in management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree in history and international relations from Wesleyan. He also has his Six Sigma Black Belt and has completed numerous process improvement programs in LEAN Enterprise.

    Todd currently serves on the board of directors of NSF, whose stated mission is to protect human and planet health through their leading test and measurement, consulting, training and certification and development of industry leading standards. Previously Todd was on the board of Faradyne, a strategic joint venture between Pentair and Xylem. 

  • Robert E. Knowling, Jr.

    Mr. Knowling has served on the board since 2022. He 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 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. 

    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 brings to the board extensive experience in executive management and leadership roles, including experience leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround. In addition, his service on a number of other public company boards of directors enables Mr. Knowling to share insights with the CECO board regarding corporate governance best practices.

  • Claudio A. Mannarino

    Mr. Mannarino has served on the board since 2015. Mr. Mannarino is the President of Sette CS Inc., a management consulting firm.

    From June 2014 to November 2015, Mr. Mannarino 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 to the board over 20 years of financial, strategic and merger and acquisition expertise, which assists CECO as its business expands.

  • Munish Nanda

    Mr. Nanda has served on the board since 2015. In May 2023, Mr. Nanda retired from his position as the President, Americas & Europe, of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a global manufacturer of plumbing, heating, and water quality products.

    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, including medical electronics, defense, and aerospace.

  • Valerie Gentile Sachs

    Ms. Sachs has served on the board since 2016. Ms. Sachs also serves on the board of NACCO Industries, Inc., a natural resources publicly traded company that provides mining, mineral interest, and stream and wetland solutions.

    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.

    Ms. Sachs 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.

  • Laurie A. Siegel

    Ms. Siegel has served on the board since 2023. She is the President of LAS Advisory Services with a background in business and human resources consulting. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the Compensation and Talent Committee of Lumen Technologies, a global broadband telecommunications and data hosting company, and as a member of the board of directors of FactSet and chair of the Compensation and Talent Committee, a data solutions company supporting investment professionals, both publicly traded companies in the United States.

    Ms. Siegel retired in September 2012 from Tyco International Ltd., a diversified manufacturing and service company, where she had served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Internal Communications since 2003. From 1994 to 2002, she held various positions with Honeywell International Inc., including Vice President of Human Resources – Specialty Materials. She was previously a principal of Strategic Compensation Associates.

    Ms. Siegel has an MBA and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, both from Harvard University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. Ms. Siegel brings to CECO’s Board substantial experience as a human resources executive with large global enterprises as well as substantial public company board experience.

  • Richard F. Wallman

    Mr. Wallman has served on the board since November 2021. Mr. Wallman also currently serves on the boards of directors of Smile Direct Club, Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. and Roper Technologies, Inc., all publicly traded companies in the United States.

    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 previously served on the boards 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.

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