Executive Team

David L. Watza

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Financial Officer

    Previous experience:

    • TriMas Corporation
      • Vice President Corporate Development and Treasury, responsible for Global Treasury, March 2015 to October 2015.
      • Vice President Business Planning & Analysis, June 2013 to March 2015.
      • Division Finance Officer – Australia, overseas assignment, March 2011 to June 2013.
      • Division Finance Officer – Cequent Performance Products, July 2005 to March 2011.
    • DTE Energy, Energy Trading Company – non-regulated subsidiary, Risk Analyst and Accounting Supervisor roles, January 2000 to July 2005.
    • Lear Corporation, Manager of External Reporting, January 1996 to January 2000.
    • Durakon Industries, Corporate Controller, May 1992 to January 1996.
    • Arthur Andersen, Senior Auditor, July 1988 to May 1992.

    Education and Certifications:

    • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, BBA
    • Registered CPA, State of Michigan

    Heribert Viehweber

    Vice President, Global Operations and Quality

      Previous experience:

      • Acting MD, Director Operations – Perceptron GmbH from 2000 to 2008.
      • Project Manager, Operations Manager – Perceptron GmbH from 1992 to 2000.
      • Commissioning Engineer – Leybold Degussa AG Hanau from 1989 to 1992.
      • Electrical Engineer – Siemens AG

      Education:

      • University Diploma in Electronic Engineering (Dipl. – Ing.)
      • THM University of Applied Sciences (Mittel-Hessen Germany)

      James K. West

      Vice President, Engineering

        Previous experience:

        • Consultant – various machine vision and laser metrology firms from 2009 to 2014.
        • Chief Technology Officer, General Manager and Vice President of Engineering – FARO Technologies from 1997 to 2009.
        • Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer – Perceptron, Inc. from 1981 to 1988.

        Education and Certifications:

        • BS in Electrical Engineering – General Motors Institute (now Kettering University)
        • MS in Electrical Engineering – University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory

        Rick Van Valkenburg

        Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

          Previous experience:

          • Sales Account Manager for General Motors – Perceptron, Inc. from 2009 to 2016.
          • Application Engineering, Project Management and Project Engineering – Perceptron, Inc. from 1996 to 2009.

          Education:

          • BA in Economics – University of Michigan

          John Kearney

          Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA

            Previous experience:

            • Director of Sales and Marketing – Perceptron EMEA from 2003 to 2008. Various positions in project management, application engineering, product management and marketing for Perceptron EMEA spanning over 10 years.
            • Director in family owned automotive retail group from 1987 to 1989.

            Education:

            • B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics with Management Science from the University of Kent at Caterbury, UK in collaboration with the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

            Carlo D. Cibien

            Vice President and Managing Director, Coord3

              Previous experience:

              • Finance Director – Daewoo SpA Italy from 2006 to 2010.
              • Finance and Administration Manager – Di Baio Editore SpA from 2004 to 2006.
              • Europe Finance Director – Advanced Micro Devices from 1981 to 2004.

              Education:

              • University G. Marconi, Rome – B.A. Science Politics
              • Milan, M. Bianchi – Accounting & Administration