Directors and Officers

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Board of Directors

James R. Bean has been a director of the Company since October 2006 and has been President and CEO of Preco Electronics, Inc. since November 1999. From May 1997 to 1999 he held various management positions in Boise, Idaho with Preco Electronics, Inc. Previously he held various management positions in manufacturing operations with Sun Microsystems, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc. and National Semiconductor, Inc. Mr. Bean is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Craig D. Gates has been a director of the Company since July 2009 and has been President and CEO of the Company since April 2009.  Previously he was Executive Vice President of Marketing, Engineering and Sales since July 1997.  He served as Vice President and General Manager of New Business Development from October 1995 to July 1997.  He joined the Company as Vice President of Engineering in October 1994.  From 1991 to October 1994, Mr. Gates served as Director of Operations, Electronics for the Microswitch Division of Honeywell Inc.  From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Gates held various engineering and management positions within the Microswitch Division.  Mr. Gates has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana.  Mr. Gates also serves on the Board of Directors of CyberOptics Corporation.

Ronald F. Klawitter served as Executive Vice President of Administration, CFO, and Treasurer from July 1997 to July, 2015, before retiring. Previously he was Vice President of Finance, Secretary and Treasurer of the Company since October 1995. He was Acting Secretary from November 1994 to October 1995 and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer from 1992 to October 1995. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Klawitter was Vice President, Finance at Baker Hughes Tubular Service, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes, Inc. He has a BA degree from Wittenberg University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Yacov A. Shamash has been a director of the Company since 1989.He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University and was the Vice President of Economic Development from 2001 – 2019 and the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the campus from 2015. Professor Shamash developed and directed the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits from 1989 to 1992 and also served as Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Washington State University from 1985 until 1992. Dr. Shamash also serves on the Board of Directors of AApplied DNA Sciences, Inc., Softheon Inc., Advanced Convergence Group, Comtech Telecommunications Corporation and Gold Coast Bank.

Patrick Sweeney has been a director of the Company since July 2000. Mr. Sweeney was President and CEO of Hadco Corporation from 1991 through 1995 and formerly served as Hadco’s Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. Prior to that Mr. Sweeney was the Vice President of International Manufacturing at Wang – USA from 1981 through 1986 and also served as Managing Director of Ireland for Digital Equipment Corporation and as Plant Manager of its Galway and Clonmel divisions. Mr. Sweeney also serves on the Board of Directors of Photo Machining Inc. and Kleen Envoy.

Dr. Subodh K. Kulkarni has been a director of the Company since October 2018.  Dr. Kulkarni has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CyberOptics Corporation since February 2014.  He served as Executive Chairman of CyberOptics Corporation from September 2013 to February 2014 and served as CyberOptics Corporation’s lead director from December 2012 until his election as Executive Chairman. From January 2013 to February 2014, Dr. Kulkarni served as Chief Executive Officer of Prism Computational Sciences, a developer of software tools for scientific and commercial applications in simulation of hot gases and plasma used in the semiconductor industry (“Prism”). Prior to being employed by Prism, he held various positions with Imation Corporation (“Imation”), including Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, OEM/Emerging Business and Vice President, Global Commercial Business, R&D and Manufacturing. Prior to his employment with Imation, Dr. Kulkarni held various research management positions with 3M Corporation and IBM. Dr. Kulkarni received his B.S. in chemical engineering from IIT – Bombay, India (where he was first in his class), and went on to obtain a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he did his thesis work on disilane surface decomposition, which is used in the manufacture of semiconductors.

Corporate Officers

Craig D. Gates has been President and CEO of the Company since April 2009.  He has held various executive management positions since joining the Company in 1994.  From 1991 to October 1994 Mr. Gates served as Director of Operations, Electronics for the Microswitch Division of Honeywell Inc. From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Gates held various engineering and management positions within the Microswitch Division. Mr. Gates has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Brett R. Larsen has been Executive Vice President of Administration, CFO, and Treasurer since July 2015. Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance and Controller from February 2010 to July 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer of FLSmidth Spokane, Inc. from December 2008 to February 22, 2010. From October 2005 through November 2008, Mr. Larsen served as Controller of Key Tronic Corporation. From May 2004 to October 2005, Mr. Larsen served as Manager of Financial Reporting of Key Tronic Corporation. From 2002 to May 2004, Mr. Larsen was an audit manager for the public accounting firm BDO Seidman, LLC. He also held various auditing and supervisory positions with Grant Thornton LLP from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Larsen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Philip S. Hochberg has been Executive Vice President of Business Development of the company since July 2012. From October 2009 to July 2012, Mr. Hochberg held the position of Vice President of Business Development.  He has held a number of Director level positions since joining the Company in July 2000.  Prior to joining Key Tronic, Mr. Hochberg worked for Quinton Instrument Company as their Director of Marketing and Product Management from 1992 to 2000. From 1988 to 1992, he was employed by SpaceLabs Medical as their Business Development Marketing Manager. He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia, a BA Psychology, with a minor in Business from Washington University in St. Louis.

Duane D. Mackleit has been Executive Vice President of Operations since July 2020. Previously he was Vice President of Operations from September 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Mackleit served as Vice President of Program Management since July 2012.  Mr. Mackleit also served as Director of Program Management from July 2008 to July 2012.  From May 2006 to July 2008 he served as Principal Program Manager.  Prior to that, he served as Program Manager from March 2002 to May 2006 and Associate Program Manager from August 2000 to March 2002. Mr. Mackleit has also held several other positions with Keytronic.  Mr. Mackleit has an AA in Business from Spokane Falls Community College and a BA in Business/Marketing from Eastern Washington University.  He also holds a MBA from Gonzaga University.

David H. Knaggs has been Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs since November 2017. Previously he was Vice President of Quality since October 2016. Before joining KeyTronicEMS, Mr. Knaggs worked at Telect, Inc. from 2008 to 2016 as their Director of Engineering. Prior to that, he worked at Isothermal Systems Research as Lead Systems Engineer from 2003 to 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Washington.

Mark Courtney has been Vice President of Supply Chain of the Company since August 2019. Previously, he served as Purchasing Manager and Director of North American Purchasing from September 2015 to August 2019, and as Supply Chain manager, ERP and Business Operations Manager for Amphenol Telect from August 2007 to September 2015. From March 2006 to August 2007, he served as Senior Buyer/Planner for Honeywell Specialty Materials and from June 2005 to March 2006 as Purchasing Manager for MRV Communications.  From 2000 to June 2005, he served as a Field and Inside Sales Associate for Arrow Electronics and from October 1991 to May of 2000, he held various positions at Alesis.

Thomas Despres has been Vice President of Southwest Operations since November 2017. Prior to joining KeyTronicEMS, Mr. Despres worked for Gates Corporation as Plant General Manager from July 2017 to November 2017. From 2016 to 2017, he was self-employed and from 2012 to 2016 he was employed by Flextronics as Vice President Global Account Management. He has an MBA from Campbell University, and a BBA, Production Management from Ohio University in Athens.

Chad Orebaugh has been Vice President of Engineering since April 2017. Prior to this, Mr. Orebaugh served as Director of Engineering since May 2013. From April 2010 to May 2013, he served as Manager of Engineering. From January 2000 to April 2010 he served as Lead Mechanical Engineer. Prior to that, he served as Mechanical Engineer from October 1998 to January 2000 and Associate Mechanical Engineer since October 1997. Mr. Orebaugh holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University.

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