New Rockwell Automation CEO named

Published:  17 June, 2016

Blake D. Moret, has been elected as president and chief executive officer of Rockwell Automation, effective 1st July 2016.

At that time Keith D. Nosbusch, 65, who has been president and chief executive officer since 2004, will transition from those roles while continuing as chairman of the board. Moret, 53, a 30-year veteran of the company, is currently senior vice president of the company’s Control Products & Solutions segment.

Moret said he was honoured to have the opportunity to lead Rockwell Automation into an exciting future: “We have a deep management team, unmatched technology solutions, domain expertise across a broad range of industries, and enduring customer relationships around the world. We are committed to continue to deliver customer and shareowner value in the years ahead.”

Donald R. Parfet, lead director, explained that Moret has proven himself to be an exceptional leader, with demonstrated readiness to lead the company: “We welcome him to his new role at the conclusion of a deliberate and planned succession process. We are delighted he will build on the Company’s many accomplishments under Keith’s direction and propel our vision of The Connected Enterprise to the next level.” He continued: “The past 12 years have been transformational for Rockwell Automation. We’ve become a global technology leader and the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. Equally important, we are well positioned to accelerate our evolution with industry-leading innovation that improves our customers’ global competitiveness.

“We thank Keith for his outstanding leadership during this period, including his work as a vocal champion of smart, productive, and secure manufacturing. We are pleased that he has agreed to stay on as chairman so that the company can continue to benefit from his experience and support Blake’s transition to CEO.”

Nosbusch added: “It has been an honour and privilege to lead Rockwell Automation over the past 12 years. While as a team we enjoyed tremendous success, I have no doubt that we are well positioned for an even greater future. Blake is the ideal executive to move Rockwell Automation forward in its next chapter. He brings a strong customer focus, as well as a deep understanding of the Company’s values, culture, people, and technology, and how each of these power the Company’s success.”

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