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Executive Officers

Sundaram Nagarajan

Sundaram Nagarajan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sundaram Nagarajan (Naga) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation. He joined Nordson following a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company, where he had roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President, ITW Automotive OEM Segment, a $3.3 billion business segment. Under his leadership, the Automotive OEM segment had a proven track record of delivering profitable revenue growth through both organic and acquisitive means. He focuses on creating value for his customers through innovation and industry leading excellence in quality and delivery.  

He holds a BS degree from South Gujarat University, India; an MBA from Wright State University, Ohio; and an MS and Ph.D. in materials science from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Mr. Nagarajan is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company, Past Trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Advisory Board Member of IACS, member of the Executive Club, member of the Economics Club of Chicago, Former Trustee of AWS Foundation Inc. and Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014).


Michael F. Hilton
Senior Advisor to the Company
Former President and Chief Executive Officer

Mike Hilton is Senior Advisor to Nordson Corporation following his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer on July 31, 2019. During his tenure as President and CEO, Mr. Hilton 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 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.


Gregory A. Thaxton
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Gregory Thaxton (Greg) is Executive 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 serves on the board of directors of Kimball Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: KE) and is also a board member of Lorain County Community College Foundation.

Mr. Thaxton, a certified public accountant (inactive), holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Miami University and a master's degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College.

John J. Keane
Executive Vice President

John Keane is Executive 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
Executive Vice President, Continuous Improvement

James E. DeVries (Jim) serves as Nordson’s Executive Vice President, 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 career at Nordson, which spans more than three decades.  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
Executive Vice President

Gregory P. Merk (Greg) is Executive 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
Executive Vice President

Stephen Lovass joined Nordson in November of 2016 and serves as Executive 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
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Information Systems

Shelly M. Peet is Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Information Systems, of Nordson Corporation. 

Ms. Peet joined Nordson 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.

Gina Beredo
Gina A. Beredo
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Ms. Beredo joined the Company in 2013 as Deputy General Counsel overseeing the Company’s legal function in global mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, litigation and other general corporate legal matters prior to being named to her current position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

Prior to joining the Company, she served as Chief Litigation Counsel, Director of Compliance & Ethics, and Director of Product Compliance at American Greetings Corporation (2006 to 2013), and was an associate at BakerHostetler LLP (1999 to 2006).

Ms. Beredo received her J.D. from the University of Indiana Maurer School of Law-Bloomington and received a B.A. in history from Saint Louis University.


Jeffrey A. Pembroke
Executive Vice President

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
Executive Vice President

Joe Stockunas is an executive vice president and corporate officer of Nordson Corporation, a leading global technology company. He is responsible for all aspects of Nordson’s worldwide electronics systems business within its Advanced Technology Systems segment, including the Nordson ASYMTEK, DAGE, DIMA, MARCH, MATRIX, SELECT, SONOSCAN and YESTECH business units. The electronic systems businesses supply precision fluid dispensing, plasma treatment, test and inspection systems to advanced semiconductor packaging, LED and printed circuit board assembly markets.  The businesses operate manufacturing facilities in Aylesbury, England, Carlsbad and Concord, California, Elk Grove, IL, Spokane, WA, USA, Munich, Germany, and Suzhou, China.

Joe previously held leadership positions in Air Products’ Electronics Division. He currently serves on the SEMI North American advisory board, SEMI Foundation board and Nordson Foundation board.  He has previously served on the boards of Showa Denko K.K., Kawasaki, Japan, The Bethlehem Historic Partnership, Pennsylvania, USA, Hanyang Technologies, Ansan, Korea, TRiMEGA Electronics LLC, Santa Clara, USA, and Kinetics Japan K.K., Osaka, Japan, and as a board member and past chair of American Red Cross, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Joe received a B. S. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, and has completed graduate studies in business administration. Joe and Suzie, his wife, reside in Carlsbad, CA.