Michael F. Hilton
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hilton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation. Since joining Nordson in 2010, Mr. Hilton has led the company to record sales and earnings results through a deepened focus on innovative new products, emerging markets, continuous improvement and strategic acquisitions.
Prior to joining Nordson, Mr. Hilton spent 33 years at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD), in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. Immediately before joining Nordson, Mr. Hilton served as Senior Vice President and General Manager with specific responsibility for leading Air Products’ global electronics and performance materials segment. He was also responsible for leading the company’s environment, health and safety, continuous improvement and customer engagement organizations, and he served as a member of the company’s corporate executive committee.
Mr. Hilton serves on the board of directors of Ryder System Inc. (NYSE: R); Lincoln Electric (Nasdaq: LECO); the board of trustees and the executive council of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI); the board of MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network); and the board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools. He is also a board member of the Nordson Corporation Foundation and is active in United Way and a variety of other charitable endeavors. He also is the chair of the Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) 2015-16 Statewide Campaign.
Mr. Hilton holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University.
Gregory A. Thaxton
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Gregory Thaxton (Greg) is Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nordson Corporation, reporting directly to Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton.
In this position, Mr. Thaxton oversees the corporate accounting and reporting, tax, treasury, internal audit and investor relations functions. Prior to being named Corporate Senior Vice President in November 2011, Thaxton was previously elected as a Nordson Corporate Vice President in 2007. He became a part of the executive leadership team in February 2006 when he was named Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Previously, Mr. Thaxton served as group controller for the Pacific South Division and the Finishing and Coating Systems segment, as well as the Automotive Systems and UV Curing Systems businesses. Mr. Thaxton joined Nordson in 1989.
Mr. Thaxton, a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Miami University and a master's degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is a board member of Lorain County Community College Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the MAPI CFO Council, and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
John J. Keane
Senior Vice President
John Keane is senior vice president of Nordson Corporation, with extensive experience within all three of the company's global operating segments. His current duties include the continued integration and optimization of acquired polymer processing product lines within the company's Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment
Mr. Keane joined Nordson in 1992 as a project engineer in the converting product line. In 1997, he became engineering manager for the packaging and product assembly product lines and in 2000 was appointed to the position of vice president with responsibility for global engineering and marketing.
In 2003, Mr. Keane was appointed a corporate vice president with responsibility for the Finishing and Coating Systems segment (now Industrial Coating Systems). In this position, he directed worldwide sales, marketing, engineering and manufacturing functions for the container coating, powder coating and liquid finishing businesses. In 2005, Mr. Keane was appointed senior vice president with responsibility for the Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment. On January 30, 2009 Mr. Keane moved to the Advanced Technology Systems segment where he led Nordson’s ASYMTEK, MARCH, and YESTECH businesses. Keane was appointed to lead the entire Advanced Technology Systems segment in December 2009 and continued in that role until 2014.
Mr. Keane holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and attended the Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.
James E. DeVries
Vice President, Global Continuous Improvement
James E. DeVries (Jim) was named a Corporate Vice President and Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation in November 2011. DeVries serves as Nordson’s Vice President, Global Continuous Improvement, reporting directly to Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton. Mr. DeVries’ current responsibilities include leadership of a global team tasked with setting productivity goals, defining key metrics, ensuring overall process consistency across the company, and leading large enterprise step-change projects.
Prior to being named Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement in October 2010, Mr. DeVries held a variety of operational and engineering positions with increasing responsibilities during his 25 year career at Nordson. As Adhesive Dispensing Systems Vice President, North America and China Engineering & Operations, he was responsible for two Nordson facilities being selected as winners in IndustryWeek magazine’s prestigious Best Plants competition. Nordson’s plants were recognized for excellence in operational improvements, agile production systems, supplier partnerships, customer focus, employee empowerment, quality systems, management practices, proactive environmental and safety practices, and manufacturing capability. Mr. DeVries also previously served as Vice President of Adhesives Dispensing Systems’ nonwovens product line and as a systems engineering manager.
He began his Nordson career in 1985 as an engineer in the company’s Industrial Coating Systems segment. Mr. DeVries earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Gregory P. Merk
Senior Vice President
Gregory P. Merk (Greg) is a senior vice president of Nordson Corporation, with global responsibility for the Packaging, Nonwovens, Product Assembly and Web Coating product lines within the Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment.
Prior to beginning his current role in 2013, Mr. Merk served as vice president of the Pacific South Division, overseeing Nordson’s subsidiary operations and distributor activities in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. From 2000 to 2006, Greg served as general manager of Nordson do Brasil/Latin South America. Before being named general manager, he was a regional manager in the Adhesives systems business in Latin America. He began his career at Nordson in 1994 as a product specialist with the company’s Japanese subsidiary, Nordson K.K.
Mr. Merk holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the State University of New York.
Stephen P. Lovass
Stephen Lovass joined Nordson in November of 2016 as Corporate Vice President, with global responsibility for the company’s Industrial Coating Systems business segment, which includes the Container Coating, Powder Coating, Liquid Finishing and Automotive Assembly product lines. In this capacity, he directs the sales and marketing, product development, application engineering, manufacturing and product line management functions.
Prior to joining Nordson, Mr. Lovass served as president for one of the global sensors and controls businesses at Danaher Corporation, a $21 billion Fortune 200 diversified science and technology company. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and the Australian equivalent of the Certified Public Accountant designation.
Shelly M. Peet
Vice President, Human Resources
Shelly M. Peet is vice president, human resources, of Nordson Corporation. Ms.
Peet leads the company’s human resources and global information systems functions.
Ms. Peet joined Nordson as chief information officer in September 2003 from TRW Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wittenberg University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Robert E. Veillette
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Robert E. Veillette (Bob) is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Nordson Corporation. Mr.
Veillette leads the corporate law department, which includes both the general and intellectual property law functions. He also serves as corporate secretary.
Mr. Veillette joined Nordson’s legal department in 1985 as an attorney. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron.
Jeff Pembroke leads the fluid management product lines of Nordson’s Advanced Technology Systems segment, including Nordson EFD and Nordson MEDICAL.
Mr. Pembroke joined Nordson in 2005 as vice president of sales and marketing for the company's Industrial Coating & Automotive Systems segment. In 2006, he moved to Nordson’s Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment where he served as vice president of sales and marketing with global responsibilities. In 2009 he was promoted to President of Nordson EFD.
Prior to joining Nordson, Jeff spent 16 years at General Electric, starting as a financial analyst before serving in several sales and marketing assignments with increasing responsibility including director of commercial operations for GE Advanced Materials for the Americas.
Jeff holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics and is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program (FMP).
Joe Stockunas joined Nordson in 2013 as Group Vice President for electronic systems product lines within the Advanced Technology Systems segment. He has global responsibility for the Nordson ASYMTEK, DAGE, DIMA, MARCH and YESTECH organizations.
Mr. Stockunas came to Nordson after 30 years at Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: APD), a leading provider of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services to a variety of end markets worldwide. Most recently, he served as Air Products' Global Business Director, Electronics Materials with profit and loss responsibility for a multi-million dollar business supplying high purity gases and chemicals to the global electronics industry. Mr. Stockunas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy and materials engineering from Lehigh University.