Board of Directors
Edmund M. Carpenter, 76, has been a director of Altra since March 2007. Mr. Carpenter currently serves as an operating partner to Genstar Capital. Mr. Carpenter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group Inc. from 1998 until his retirement in December 2006. Prior to joining Barnes Group Inc., Mr. Carpenter was Senior Managing Director of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice from 1996 to 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of General Signal from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining General Signal Corporation, Mr. Carpenter held various executive positions at ITT Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining ITT, he held executive positions with Fruehauf Corporation and served as a partner in the management services division of Touche Ross & Company. He began his career at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. He served as a director at Campbell Soup Company from 1990 to 2014. He holds both an M.B.A. and a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Having served as CEO of a diversified global manufacturing and logistical services company, Mr. Carpenter presents valuable insight into organizational and operational management issues crucial to a public manufacturing company.
Carl R. Christenson, 59, has been Chairman of the Altra board of directors since April 2014, Chief Executive Officer of Altra since January 2009 and a director since July 2007. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Altra from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson served as a director at Vectra Co., f/k/a OM Group, Inc., a NYSE listed technology-driven diversified industrial company, from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Christenson holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic. In addition to more than twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing companies, Mr. Christenson brings vast knowledge of Altra’s business, structure, history and culture to Altra’s board of directors and the Chief Executive Officer position.
Lyle G. Ganske, 59, has been a director of Altra since November 2007. Mr. Ganske is a Partner and M&A Practice Leader at Jones Day. He is an advisor to significant companies, focusing primarily on M&A, takeovers, takeover preparedness, corporate governance, executive compensation, and general corporate counseling. Mr. Ganske received his J.D. from Ohio State University and his B.S.B.A. at Bowling Green State University. He currently serves on the Executive Committees of Resilience Capital (private equity) and the Ohio Business Roundtable; the Advisory Board of Mutual Capital Partners (venture capital); and on the boards of Flashes of Hope and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Mr. Ganske is the former chair of Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Commission on Economic Inclusion. In addition to his substantial legal skills and expertise, Mr. Ganske brings to Altra’s Board well-developed business and financial acumen critical to a dynamic public company.
Margot L. Hoffman, Ph.D., 56, has been a director of Altra since April 2018. Dr. Hoffman currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for The Partnership for Excellence, the Baldrige-based program for Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. Dr. Hoffman was the President of Quest4Leadership, a leadership development firm, from 2011-2014. From 1988 to 2008, Dr. Hoffman held positions in engineering, corporate training, and senior leadership at Dana Corporation, ultimately holding the position of President of its Driveshaft Products Group. Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University, an MBA and bachelor of engineering technology degree from the University of Toledo, and serves as a national Baldrige senior examiner. Dr. Hoffman will contribute to Altra’s Board significant operational management and leadership development skills combined with substantial experience in global manufacturing businesses.
Michael S. Lipscomb, 72, has been a director of Altra since November 2007. Mr. Lipscomb served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SIFCO Inc., a NYSE company in the aerospace business, from January 2015 until retiring from all positions in SIFCO in January 2016 and prior to that served as SIFCO’s Chief Executive Officer starting in 2010, and as a board member starting in 2002. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lipscomb led SIFCO through four acquisitions, a divestiture, and a business closure. These moves resulted in SIFCO becoming a leading precision component supplier to the aerospace and energy markets. Mr. Lipscomb also serves as Managing Partner of GS Capital Investments LLC, owner of Aviation Component Solutions, a company in the aerospace aftermarket business, and JC Carter Nozzles, a supplier of refueling nozzles and other components to the LNG market. Mr. Lipscomb serves as a Board member of both Integrity Organics (2014-present), a green company in the waste reclamation business, and The Ruhlin Company (board member 1996-present, Audit Chair 1996- 2004, Compensation Chair 2004-present), an integrated ESOP-owned construction company. Previously, Mr. Lipscomb was a founding partner of Argo-Tech Corp. (1986-2007), where he became Chief Executive Officer in 1990 and Chairman in 1994. As Chief Executive Officer of Argo-Tech he led the company through five bank refinances, three high yield bond offerings and three acquisitions, and successfully managed the sale of the company to Eaton Corporation in March of 2007. During his career, Mr. Lipscomb served as a Managing Director at TRW, and in various operational and engineering management roles at the Utica Tool Company and Dow Chemical. Mr. Lipscomb received his MBA from Furman University and his B.S. from Clemson University. Mr. Lipscomb brings to Altra’s Board a depth of global industrial operating experience and knowledge of organizational management essential to a public manufacturing company.
Larry P. McPherson, 73, has been a director of Altra since January 2005. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. McPherson was a Director of NSK Ltd. from 1997 until his retirement in 2004 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NSK Europe from January 2002 to December 2003. In total, he was employed by NSK Ltd. for 22 years during which time he was responsible for the major expansion of manufacturing operations in the U.S. and the reorganization and consolidation of European operations. Mr. McPherson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NSK Americas for the six years prior to his European assignment. Mr. McPherson serves as a board member of McNaughton and Gunn, Inc., a privately owned printing company. Mr. McPherson earned his MBA from Georgia State and his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. Mr. McPherson contributes to Altra’s Board significant organizational and operational management skills combined with a wealth of experience in global manufacturing businesses.
Thomas W. Swidarski, 60, has been a director of Altra since April 2014. Mr. Swidarski is currently Chief Executive Officer of Telos Alliance, a global audio technology company whose products and services help radio and television stations produce better programming. Mr. Swidarski has been a director of Evertec, a publicly traded payment processing company, since 2013 and also serves as a director of several privately held companies. Mr. Swidarski previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, f/k/a Diebold, Incorporated (“Diebold”), a $3 billion global leader in designing, manufacturing and distributing self-service technologies (ATMs) in over 100 countries, from October 12, 2005 to January 19, 2013. Mr. Swidarski served as Senior Vice President of Financial Self-Service Group of Diebold, from 2001 to September 2005 and served as its Chief Operating Officer from October 12, 2005 to December 2005. Mr. Swidarski also held various strategic development and marketing positions at Diebold since 1996. Prior to Diebold, he held various positions within the financial industry for nearly 20 years focusing on marketing, product management, retail bank profitability, branding and retail distribution. Mr. Swidarski served as a Director of Diebold from December 12, 2005 to January 8, 2013. He holds a BA in marketing from the University of Dayton and an MBA in business management from Cleveland State University. Having served as Chief Executive Officer of a global provider of technology and services to a wide range of businesses, Mr. Swidarski brings to Altra’s Board valuable insight into organizational management, global business, financial matters and marketing matters.
James H. Woodward, Jr., 65, has been a director of Altra since March 2007. From March 2009 to October 2011, Mr. Woodward served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Accuride Corporation. Previously, Mr. Woodward served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Joy Global Inc. from January 2007 until February 2008. Prior to joining Joy Global Inc., Mr. Woodward was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of JLG Industries, Inc. from August 2000 until its sale in December 2006. Prior to JLG Industries, Inc., Mr. Woodward held various financial and operational positions at Dana Incorporated, f/k/a Dana Corporation, since 1982. Mr. Woodward is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Woodward’s depth and breadth of exposure to complex issues from his long and distinguished career in the manufacturing industry make him a skilled advisor who provides critical insight into organizational and operational management, global business and financial matters.