Warren Veltman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2020, after having served as its Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2019. Mr. Veltman has been a member of the Board since 2020. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Mobile Solutions group. Veltman joined NN in 2014 as part of the Autocam acquisition as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Autocam Precision Components Group. Prior to the acquisition, Veltman served as Chief Financial Officer of Autocam Corporation from 1990 and secretary and treasurer since 1991, until NN acquired the company in 2014. Prior to Autocam, he was an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche.
Jeri J. Harman
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Jeri J. Harman has been a member of the Board since February 2019. Jeri Harman is a Founder & Chairman of Avante Capital Partners. With over $465 million of capital under management, Avante makes unitranche and subordinated debt and minority equity investments to finance buyouts, minority recaps, acquisitions and growth. In 2018, Avante Capital Partners was named Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The firm was also named Women-Owned Firm of the Year 2018 by Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN). Ms. Harman has over 30 years of financing experience, involving well over $1 billion in aggregate investments. Prior to founding Avante, Ms. Harman started-up and led the Los Angeles offices for two multi-billion publicly traded private equity and mezzanine investment funds – American Capital and more recently Allied Capital, where she was also a member of Allied's Investment Committee. Earlier career highlights include various senior level positions with Prudential Capital. Ms. Harman has served on numerous boards over her career, and currently serves on the board of Engineered Performance Technologies, a consumer-focused automotive aftermarket performance products company. She received a Master's of Business Administration from the University of California – Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (summa cum laude). Ms. Harman brings extensive capital markets experience and strategic and financial acumen to the Board.
Raynard D. Benvenuti
Raynard D. Benvenuti became a member of the Board in January 2020. Mr. Benvenuti founded Concord Investment Partners, a boutique investment and advisory firm that invests in engineering-centric industries including aerospace, automotive and industrial manufacturing/distribution companies in 1996, and continues to serve as its Managing Director. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Benvenuti served as a Managing Partner, Managing Director, and an operational practice leader for the aerospace and automotive/truck sectors at Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (“Greenbriar”), a private equity group focused on transportation-related enterprises. While at Greenbriar, Mr. Benvenuti served as a director on five boards, three as Chairman, including as Chairman and interim CEO of Align Aerospace, LLC, an aerospace hardware distribution company. From 2002 until its sale to GKN plc in 2006, Mr. Benvenuti served as the President and CEO of Stellex Aerostructures, Inc., a manufacturer of large structural components for commercial and military aircraft. Prior to 2002, he worked at Forstmann Little & Co., a private equity firm, and McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he advised high technology and industrial sector clients in the areas of strategic planning and operational improvement.
Mr. Benvenuti brings to the board extensive experience as a senior executive, director and advisor to various aerospace, automotive and manufacturing companies, including in turnaround and highly leveraged situations, as well as valuable strategic, financial, operational and corporate governance expertise.
Robert E. Brunner
Robert E. Brunner has been a member of the Board since 2012, and served as its Non-Executive Chairman from May 2017 through December 2020. Mr. Brunner served as Executive Vice President of Illinois Tool Works, Inc., an international manufacturer of highly engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems and specialty products, from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. Prior to this position, Mr. Brunner held the position of President, Global Automotive Fasteners from 2005 to 2006 and President, North American Automotive Fasteners from 2003 to 2005. Prior to this position, Mr. Brunner held a variety of positions within Illinois Tool Works, Inc., including positions in general management, operations management and sales & marketing. Mr. Brunner serves on the board of directors of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, a publicly held diversified manufacturer of engineered components and products and Lindsay Corporation, a publicly held global company focusing on providing irrigation and infrastructure solutions.
Christina E. Carroll
Christina E. Carroll has been a member of the Board since December 2019. Since 2012, Ms. Carroll has been a Managing Director at Stout Risius Ross, LLC, where she is a senior officer responsible for providing valuation and transaction related advice across industries. Ms. Carroll has over 30 years of experience in finance, valuation, strategy, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Carroll’s experience includes rendering fairness opinions, solvency and related transaction opinions to boards of directors, special committees, financial institutions, pension funds and other fiduciaries in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions, going private transactions, spin-offs, recapitalizations and financing transactions. Prior to this role, Ms. Carroll was a director of financial advisory services at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. She has also held managerial positions at Ernst & Young LLP (“Ernst & Young”), including partner in the Center for Strategic Transactions, valuation and transaction advisory services. Ms. Carroll currently serves on Stout’s board and previously served on the board of The Chefs’ Warehouse. She has served on the Board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank since 2008. Ms. Carroll holds a B.A. in Business Economics (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors), an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, and is a Charted Financial Analyst.
João Faria was appointed to the Board in April 2021. Mr. Faria currently serves as President of the Vehicle Group/eMobility at Eaton Corporation, a global power management company providing energy-efficient products and services to help customers effectively manage electric, hydraulic, and mechanical power. Previously, in his over three-decade career in engineering and manufacturing, Mr. Faria held a variety of leadership positions at Eaton, including President Corporate Latin America, Vice President Eaton Electric Latin America, Americas Regional President for Hydraulics Group, and President of Eaton Powertrain Specialty Control Operation Worldwide.
Mr. Faria received an MBA and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo as well as a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of Sao Carlos in Brazil. Mr. Faria brings decades of manufacturing and engineering experience to the Board, with a specific focus on the electric vehicle market. This global leadership experience enables him to bring valuable perspective to our Board.
Rajeev Gautam, Ph.D.
Rajeev Gautam became a member of the Board in May 2021 and brings substantive experience as a senior executive to manufacturing companies. His current service as a senior executive for a publicly traded company enables him to bring valuable insight, knowledge, and experience to the Board.
Dr. Gautam is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Performance Materials and Technologies of Honeywell International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HON), a global provider in developing and manufacturing high-quality performance chemicals and materials, process technologies, and automation solutions. From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Gautam served as President of Honeywell UOP. He previously served as Vice President of Research and Development, Honeywell UOP, and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Performance Materials and Technologies. Dr. Gautam began his career with Union Carbide in 1978, which became part of a joint venture with Honeywell UOP in 1988. Throughout his career, Dr. Gautam has championed innovative solutions for industry needs and has been responsible for the development and commercialization of a broad range of catalytic and separations applications for the refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries.
Shihab Kuran, Ph.D.
Shihab Kuran became a member of the Board in March 2021 and brings with him nearly three decades of global experience in a broad range of technical and executive roles within the energy industry, including specific focus on renewable energy and smart grid technology. Dr. Kuran is the founder of Power Edison, a company focused on providing innovative renewable energy including stationary and mobile energy storage solutions for the grid, and currently serves as its President and CEO. He previously served as President of Strategic Development at NRG Energy, Inc., where he led developments of international renewable energy projects as well as the efforts for evolving NRG's energy storage strategy at the national level. Dr. Kuran also brings significant experience in energy infrastructure, gained from his positions as President of SunEdison Advanced Solutions and as founder of Petra Solar, which pioneered "smart solar" to combine solar energy and smart grid technology.
Dr. Kuran currently serves on the Boards of Enerknol and New York Energy Week as well as the advisory boards of the Charles Edison Fund and the Edison Innovation Foundation. He brings significant experience in raising and deploying capital, including mergers and acquisitions expertise. Dr. Kuran has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, publishing more than 40 papers on a variety of topics.
Thomas H. Wilson Jr.
Thomas H. Wilson, Jr. has been a member of the Board since December 2019. Since 2008, Mr. Wilson has been a Managing Partner at DecisionPoint Advisors, LLC, a specialized merger and acquisition advisory firm for mid-market technology companies. Prior to joining DecisionPoint, Mr. Wilson served as Chairman and CEO of NuTech Solutions from 2004 to 2008, a business intelligence software company that was acquired by Neteeza. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Wilson was President of Osprey, a consulting and systems integration firm focused on the manufacturing industry. Prior to his work at Osprey, Mr. Wilson was employed by IBM for 14 years in a variety of management and sales positions. Mr. Wilson graduated with a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University and earned an MBA from Duke University. Mr. Wilson serves on the board of Jack Henry & Associates, an S&P 500 fintech company where he serves as the chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Wilson brings to the Board extensive financial management and technology expertise as well as deep experience in mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, his service as the chairman of the audit committee of a public company is a valuable asset to the Board.