Electro-Sensors appoints David L. Klenk CEO
July 23, 2013 – Electro-Sensors appointed David L. Klenk as CEO and CFO of the company. Klenk recently joined the Electro-Sensors board of directors and now replaces Bradley D. Slye in these roles. “I’m very eager to join the great team at Electro-Sensors at this exciting time in their history. Brad and the team have built a solid company that is known for its high quality and extremely reliable sensors and speed control devices,” said David Klenk. He continued, “Our goal now will be to create a strategy that builds upon this 40+ year history and positions Electro-Sensors for additional growth and success”. Brad Slye will remain with the company and lead its new product development and integration efforts. "On behalf of the company, its employees, board members and shareholders, I would like to thank Brad for his years of dedicated service as the Company's CEO and President" said board chair Joseph Marino. "We look forward to Brad's continued involvement as he focuses on his new role."
Klenk has over 20 years of experience leading technology companies, most recently as director and president of Harland Medical Systems, Inc., a supplier of specialty coating materials and automation equipment for the medical device industry. Previously, he held executive positions of increasing responsibility, including director, president and COO, at August Technology Corporation (now Rudolph Technologies, Inc.), a publicly-traded company providing process-related inspection systems and software for the microelectronics industry. Klenk currently serves on the boards of Electro-Sensors and two privately-held companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and a BS in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.
In addition, the company has announced the appointment of Scott A. Gabbard to the Electro-Sensors board of directors. Mr. Gabbard is currently CFO of Magenic Technologies, Inc., a custom software development organization with locations throughout the United States and the Philippines, where he has helped guide the company through aggressive growth and expansion. Previously, he was VP of Finance for August Technology Corporation, where he was instrumental in the company’s growth and eventual merger with Rudolph Technologies. Prior to August Technology, Mr. Gabbard served in various roles at U.S. Office Products, a publicly traded multi-billion dollar global office products and services company. Mr. Gabbard brings extensive experience in all facets of finance, accounting, M&A, tax, information technology and risk management. Mr. Gabbard holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Gabbard will serve on the company’s Audit Committee as its “audit committee financial expert” and on the company’s compensation and nominating committees.
Along with these leadership changes, the board of directors has also announced that they have temporarily suspended the Electro-Sensors quarterly dividend. The board is acutely focused on maximizing shareholder value and is suspending the dividend to best position the company for renewed growth. “As you can see by the recent changes to the Electro-Sensors board of directors and leadership team, the company is actively working to build upon its solid foundation established over the last several decades. We believe there are opportunities to further grow and expand Electro-Sensors, and temporarily suspending the quarterly dividend will give us the flexibility required to pursue these opportunities as they become available,” said Joseph Marino, chairman of the board.
Electro-Sensors, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELSE) is an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and customer support of rugged and reliable Machine Monitoring Sensors and Hazard Monitoring Systems for worldwide customers in the grain, feed, milling, bio-fuels, power generation, wastewater, water utilities, general manufacturing, and bulk material handling industries. Electro-Sensors' products are renowned for providing years of reliable service and bring safety, efficiency, and reliability to customers’ operations and have set the industry standard for ease of customer use. Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Electro-Sensors, Inc. supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization.
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