Sensus is led by a core group of multi-decade industry experts that function as its management team. These leaders have a personal understanding of the myriad of issues facing utilities today. They know that with smart partnership in project management, Sensus customers are able to push the boundaries of utility management so that they achieve unprecedented efficiency in operations, customer service, and conservation.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Mainz was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President and named as a member of the Company's Board of Directors in April 2008. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer beginning in August 2007 with responsibility for all global Sensus Metering Systems business units. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Operations and Finance for the Europe Asia Pacific (EAP) region of Sensus and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Sensus, Mr. Mainz held financial positions with Schlumberger and IBM for 8 years. Mr. Mainz holds BA and MBA degrees.
Mr. Cheatham was appointed President of Smith-Blair in May, 2006 and is responsible for the clamp and coupling business. Prior to his appointment, Kevin served 16 years as Smith-Blair's Controller/CFO. Before joining Smith-Blair he had over 11 years of manufacturing experience in various senior finance positions, including Vice President of Finance. Mr. Cheatham holds BA and MBA degrees.
Chief People Officer
Mr. Boyle was appointed Chief People Officer in April 2012 and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the overall human resources (HR) function. He has been with the company for five years and previously served as the HR Director for Sensus North America and Conservation Solutions. Prior to joining Sensus, he spent seven years with Lockheed Martin providing HR leadership for Federal IT and Engineering programs. Mr. Boyle holds a B.S. in Business Management from North Carolina State University and is a Certified Senior and Global Human Resources Professional.
Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
Mr. Dühnen was appointed Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific in December of 2012 after serving as interim Vice President for the region. He joined Sensus in October 2010 and managed sales activities in the Europe, Central & South America, Africa, and Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Sensus he was the Division Director Heavy Industries at Merkel Freudenberg, a manufacturer of seals for automotive and industrial applications. Mr. Dühnen holds a degree as Diplom-Ingenieur in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Darmstadt and a Diplom-Exportwirt in International Marketing from the Export Academy Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany.
Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Mr. Flannery was appointed Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in December 2012 and is the company's chief legal officer, responsible for global legal affairs. He has 15 years of prior experience in a variety of corporate legal positions in various countries, including serving as US Division Counsel for Schlumberger Metering from 1997 through 2004. Mr. Flannery holds law degrees from Australia and the United States and is a member of the Georgia Bar.
Executive Vice President, Sensus South America
Mr. Hernandez is Executive Vice President, Sensus South America. His previous appointments have included Executive Vice President for ESAAP, Executive Vice President Global Water & Heat, and Vice President Central-South America with Sensus, General Manager Europe Industrial Super Abrasives and Country Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Saint-Gobain Abrasives. Before joining Saint-Gobain he served as Executive Director for Invensys Metering Systems in Central and South America. Mr. Hernandez holds BA and Diplom-Ingenieur degrees.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hilty was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2011. He has been with the company for 19 years and previously served as the Vice President of Business Development, focusing on corporate development, strategic planning and investor relations. Mr. Hilty has ten years of audit and tax experience with Ernst & Young. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Gannon University in Pennsylvania.
President, Sensus Automotive
Mr. McCormick was appointed President of Sensus Automotive in October 2012 after serving as Vice President of North America Operations and as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Gas. He began his career with Sensus in 1999 at Smith-Blair where he served as Vice President, Operations. Mr. McCormick has significant international operations experience, including activities in China. Prior to coming to Sensus he was employed by Boeing. He holds a B.S. in Science from Emporia State University in Kansas and an MSBA from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ron Ridge joined Sensus in August, 2011 as VP and CIO. Ron provides strategic leadership for the global Information Technology function. Ron has over 20 years of Information Technology experience, as well as extensive experience in Human Resources, Compensation and Benefits and Internal Audit with leading international companies. Prior to joining Sensus, Ron was the Vice President and CIO for Bell and Howell, a leading company in the development of production mail equipment, service offerings and software technologies. He also served in management capacities with Owens-Corning and Reichhold Chemicals. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Bowling Green State University.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Sanderford was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer in July of 2006 when Sensus Metering Systems Inc. purchased the assets of Advanced Meter Data Systems (AMDS) LLC. Mr. Sanderford is responsible for Sensus' technology related activities worldwide. Prior to joining Sensus, Mr. Sanderford founded Axonn Corp, which was the first U.S. company to be granted FCC spread spectrum equipment approval under FCC unlicensed Part 15 rules. Axonn licensed its technology and custom ICs to diverse applications, including AMR. Mr. Sanderford served as President and founder of AMDS and holds over 80 patents pending and granted.
Executive Vice President, Industry and Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Uram was appointed Executive Vice President, Industry and Regulatory Affairs in December 2012. Previously he served as Vice President of Electric Metering and AMI beginning in July 2006. Since joining Sensus in 1999, he has also been responsible for the Sensus gas metering business and has held senior positions in sales, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Sensus, he spent 31 years with Westinghouse in the power and environmental business. Mr. Uram holds BSME, MSME and MBA degrees.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Mr. Wheatley was appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing in December 2012 after serving three years as Vice President. Prior to Sensus, he was Vice President of Portfolio Management for Openwave Systems in Richardson, Texas. He also has 23 years of experience with Nortel where he held numerous roles that required customer interaction. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Tracy was appointed Chief Operating Officer in December of 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President of Sensus North America. He joined Sensus in September 2008 and was responsible for all activities within the North American water business unit. In 2010 he assumed responsibility for the sales organizations for the water, electric, and gas divisions. Mr. Tracy has more than 30 years of experience in business management. Prior to joining Sensus, he was a global vice president in the High Performance Materials division of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company. An advocate for water conservation, Mr. Tracy holds a Full Technical Certificate in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic in Liverpool, England.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Zafuto was appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development in December 2012 after serving two years as Vice President of Strategic Alliances. He has 25 years of IT and 16 years of energy industry experience, most recently at IBM's Global Energy and Utilities group. Mr. Zafuto holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.