David Dunbar
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Prior to joining Standex on January 20, 2014 as President/CEO, Mr. Dunbar was president of the Valves and Controls global business unit of Pentair Ltd from 2009 through December 31, 2013.  He was appointed to that position by the Flow Control business unit of Tyco International Ltd., which merged with Pentair in 2012.  From 1997 through 2009, Mr. Dunbar held senior management positions at Emerson Electric Co., including president, Emerson Process Management Europe, president, Machinery Health Management, and president, Emerson Climate Technologies Refrigeration.  Prior to his employment at Emerson Electric, Mr. Dunbar served in numerous industrial automation and control business roles at Honeywell International Inc., beginning as a manufacturing strategy product leader in Europe and culminating in the leadership of Honeywell’s industrial automation and controls sales and services business in the western United States.  Mr. Dunbar was awarded a Master and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Mr. Dunbar was appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2016.

Charles H. Cannon, Jr.

Mr. Cannon has served as Chairman/CEO of JBT (John Bean Technologies) Corporation (a designer and manufacturer of systems and products for the food technology, military and air transportation industries) since August, 2008.  He was Senior Vice President of FMC Technologies, Inc. (a manufacturer of systems and products for the energy, food processing and air transportation industries) from March, 2004 to July, 2008.  Prior thereto he served as Vice President of FMC Technologies, Inc. from February 2001 through February 2004.  Mr. Cannon has been a Director of Standex since 2004.

Thomas E. Chorman

Mr. Chorman serves as Principal and CEO of Foam Partners, LLC (a fabricator of polyurethane foam products) from June, 2006 to the present; Partner and President of Boomer Capital (a leadership consulting and career placement service) from June, 2007 to the present.  Prior thereto, President/Chief Executive Officer of Foamex International, Inc. (a manufacturer of comfort cushioning for the furnishings and automotive markets) from September, 2001 through June, 2006.  Mr. Chorman has been a Director of Standex since 2004.

Jeffrey Edwards

Jeffrey S. Edwards is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Cooper Standard, a position he has held since May 2013. Cooper Standard is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry and employs more than 27,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world.

Mr. Edwards gained more than 28 years of automotive industry experience through various positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson Controls, Inc., a global supplier of automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels and interior electronics. Most recently, he led the Automotive Experience Asia Group, serving as Corporate Vice President, Group Vice President and General Manager from 2004 to 2012.

Prior to this, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager for Automotive Experience North America from 2002 to 2004 and as Group Vice President and General Manager for product and business development from 2000 to 2002. He held a number of successive management positions after joining the company as an industrial engineer in 1984.

Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1984 from Clarion University in Clarion, Penn. He has also completed an executive training program at INSEAD, an international graduate business school and research institution. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Gerald H. Fickenscher

Mr. Fickenscher has been a Director since 2004.  He brings to the Company decades of financial management and general management experience at various global operations.  Most recently, at Crompton Corporation, a specialty chemicals manufacturer, he served as Vice President-Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1994 to 2003.  In this capacity, he led 1,900 employees and was responsible for $700 million in sales.  Prior thereto, he was Chief Financial Officer of Uniroyal Chemical, a worldwide industrial chemical company with a complex operational structure, from 1986 to 1993.  At Uniroyal, he was intimately involved in the issuance of over $800 million in bank and publicly traded debt. He regularly communicated with the Audit Committee of Uniroyal’s Board and with external auditors. He also played a key role in a successful $1 billion management-led buyout, which concluded in an IPO with excellent returns to shareholders.

Since retiring in 2003, Mr. Fickenscher has remained active in the field of finance. He served as director of the British-American Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2001; was a Director of CEFIC (the European Federation of Chemical Industries) from 2001 to 2003; has been a member of Financial Executives International since 1985; and has been a member of NACD (the National Association of Corporate Directors) since 2004. 

Thomas J. Hansen

Mr. Hansen was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2013. Until his retirement in March 2012, Hansen was the vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), where he had been responsible for the company’s Worldwide Automotive Components and Fasteners business, its Construction Products and Fluids & Polymers businesses, as well as its Industrial Metal and Plastics businesses.

Hansen joined ITW in 1980 as sales and marketing manager of the Shakeproof Industrial Products business, which manufactures fasteners for general industrial markets, and was named general manager of the business in 1983. He was promoted to vice president and general manager of ITW’s North American Industrial Metal Fastener and Buckle Divisions in 1986. He was named president of ITW’s North American Industrial and Automotive fastener businesses in 1990 and appointed president of its Worldwide Metal Fastener and Components businesses in 1993. Prior to his election as vice chairman in 2006, Hansen served as executive vice president with responsibility for ITW’s Worldwide Metal and Plastic Fastener and Components businesses, Fluids & Polymers and Construction businesses, as well as its Industrial Metals and Plastic segment.

Hansen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Governors State University. Before joining ITW, he was employed at Singer Controls, now a division of Invensys, in a variety of assignments including regional sales manager and plant manager, and at GE as a zone sales manager. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Terex and Mueller Water Products. 

Michael A. Hickey

Since 1984, Mr. Hickey has enjoyed a distinguished career at Ecolab, Inc., the NYSE-traded global provider of water, hygiene, food safety and energy technologies and solutions with revenues of approximately $14 billion.  Mr. Hickey currently serves as Executive Vice President and President of the Global Institutional business, operating in 165 countries with $3.2 billion in revenue.  During his career with Ecolab, Mr. Hickey held several senior executive positions, including Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President and General Manager.  Mr. Hickey also has worked in the foodservice sector, and serves on the boards of several foodservice associations and foundations including the National Restaurant Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Mr. Hickey received his Bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University.  In addition, he has completed a global CEO program and mini-MBA executive programs sponsored by Wharton, Stanford University and Penn State University.

Daniel B. Hogan, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Hogan has been a Director since 1983.  He brings significant management, consulting and governance experience to the Board.

Dr. Hogan currently serves as Executive Director of Passim, a non-profit arts organization located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He has served in this capacity since 2008 and prior thereto was Interim Director in 2007. Passim has seen a dramatic improvement in its vibrancy and financial health under Dr. Hogan’s leadership, and many innovations he has championed are helping this arts group assure its primacy in the folk music industry. Prior thereto, Dr. Hogan was Executive Director of Fathers and Families, a Boston non-profit organization advocating shared parenting after divorce.

Dr. Hogan has three decades of management consulting experience, including positions as Vice President of McBer & Company (a division of the Hay Group) and the Apollo Group, which he founded and served as President.  In these roles, he specialized in leadership development, team building, executive assessment and competency modeling.  In the latter, Dr. Hogan developed models of the skills and attributes necessary for success in executive jobs.  Dr. Hogan has served on many non-profit boards over the last 30 years, often chairing or heading up the governance committee.  He is currently on the Executive Board of the Harvard Square Business Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Hogan’s service to the Board over the past quarter century provides valuable insight and institutional knowledge to Standex.

He is a licensed psychologist and a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

He received his B.A. from Yale University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D. in Clinical and Social Psychology from Harvard Univers


David Dunbar
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan J. Glass
Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Alan Glass joined Standex in 2016 as Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Mr. Glass has 20 years of diverse legal experience in publicly-traded global industrial manufacturing environments. Prior to joining Standex, Mr. Glass spent 16 years leading the legal, compliance and risk management functions at CIRCOR International, Inc., a global manufacturer of highly engineered, complex and severe environment products that serve the international oil and gas, power generation and aerospace and defense markets. From 1996 until 2000, Mr. Glass served as Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Wyman-Gordon Company (now a part of Precision Castparts Corp.), an aerospace manufacturer. Prior to that he spent seven years in private practice as a general corporate attorney. Mr. Glass earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University.

Thomas DeByle
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Thomas DeByle joined Standex in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for external reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, internal audit, information technology, risk management and investor relations. Prior to joining Standex, Mr. DeByle spent more than six years at Ingersoll Rand, a leading diversified industrial firm, where he held a series of financial management positions of increasing responsibility culminating in his appointment as Chief Financial Officer for the Compact Vehicle Technology Sector, which had annual sales of $2.9 billion and included the Club Car and Bobcat product brands. Mr. DeByle’s tenure at Ingersoll Rand also included serving as vice president of finance for the company’s Climate Control Sector, which included the Thermo King and Hussmann business units in Europe. Prior to his employment at Ingersoll Rand, Mr. DeByle spent five years working for the Enerpac division of Actuant Corporation in senior financial management positions in both the United States and Europe. Earlier in his career, DeByle worked for five years at Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls and six years at two regional public accounting firms. Mr. DeByle holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI.

Ross McGovern
Vice President, Human Resources

Ross McGovern joined Standex in 2015 as Vice President, Human Resources and has global responsibility for all human resource functions. Mr. McGovern has an International HR background with 15 years’ HR leadership experience in HR strategy and organizational development in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy and Financial Service sectors. Prior to joining Standex, he was a Global Director of Human Resources for Keurig Green Mountain responsible for International and Supply Chain. Before that Mr. McGovern was Vice President of Human Resources for Datacolor a global Instrumentation and Software company for 3 years. Mr. McGovern began his career as a Recruitment Consultant before spending 10 years at GE. He graduated from the GE Human Resources Leadership Program before taking HR Leadership roles of increasing responsibility in GE Energy, GE Capital and GE Healthcare. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and a Master of Arts Degree in English and Politics from the University of Glasgow.

Paul Burns
Vice President of Strategy and Business Development

Paul Burns has 20 years of experience in strategic growth management. He served for the past three years as Director of Corporate Development and Global Mergers & Acquisitions at General Motors. Before that, Burns was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Tyco Flow Control for two years. Prior to these roles, he served as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey and Company focused on strategic growth initiatives in the Oil and Gas industry. He began his professional career as an investment banker and analyst focused on mergers and acquisitions for the Australia New Zealand Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Petrie Parkman. During his career Burns has lived and worked in London, England and Sydney, Australia and has significant experience in completing deals in both Europe and the Pacific Rim and Asia. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge, England, an M.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

James R. Zupancic
Vice President, Operational Excellence to Management

James Zupancic joined Standex in 2016 as Vice President, Operational Excellence and oversees all aspects of operational process excellence. Mr. Zupancic draws on experience from roles of increasing responsibility in Finance, Operations, and Supply Chain. James working knowledge spans many industries including automotive, aerospace, refrigeration and food equipment, printing and identification, energy, and healthcare. Before joining Standex, James led global Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain for Dover Engineered Systems which had annual revenues of about $2.5B USD. During his tenure at Dover, James developed company-wide principles related to Continuous Improvement/Lean. James trained the majority of Dover Corporation's operating company executives in an immersion to Continuous Improvement to create alignment with regard to the application of Lean methodologies and tools. James came to Dover from Stericycle, where he gained experience in the highly regulated medical and pharmaceutical waste disposal and transportation industry. At Stericycle, James was a Corporate Continuous Improvement manager and led teams in the standardization of transportation processes as well as capacity and utilization improvement projects across more than 100 domiciles in the United States. James' career began at Parker Hannifin where he was hired into the Corporate Accounting Management Training program. This rotational program exposed James to many different businesses and is also where he says he had "Lean done to him". The hands-on process improvement training James received in Finance and Accounting at Parker Hannifin gave him the foundation to move into broader operational roles at Parker. James also spent time teaching Economics at Columbia College Chicago, America's largest, private liberal arts institution. James currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts.