Carl R. Christenson, has been a director since July 2007 and our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as our President and CEO from January 2009 to April 2014 and our President and Chief Operating Officer 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 Corporation (now a subsidiary of Altra) and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic.
Christian Storch joins Altra Holdings from Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI) where he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2001. Mr. Storch also served on the Board of Directors of Standex International from October 2004 until him joining Altra. Mr. Storch served as Standex International's Treasurer from 2003 through April 2006 and Manager of Corporate Audit and Assurance Services from July 1999 to 2003. Prior to his service to Standex International, Mr. Storch was a Divisional Financial Director and Corporate Controller at Vossloh AG, a publicly held German transport technology company. Mr. Storch has also previously served as an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche in Dusseldorf, Boston and Berlin.
Craig Schuele has been Altra Industrial's Vice President of Marketing and Business Development since November 2004 and held the same position with its predecessor since July 2004. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schuele has been Vice President of Marketing since March 2002, and previous to that he was Director of Marketing. Mr. Schuele joined Altra's predecessor in 1986. He holds a B.S. degree in management from Rhode Island College.
Gerald Ferris has been Altra Industrial's Vice President of Global Sales since November 2004 and held the same position with its predecessor since March 2002. He is responsible for the worldwide sales of Altra's broad product platform. Mr. Ferris joined Altra's predecessor in 1978 and since joining has held various positions. He became the Vice President of Sales for Boston Gear in 1991. Mr. Ferris holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Stonehill College.
Glenn Deegan has been Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since September 2008 and added responsibility for Human Resources in June 2009. Most recently, Glenn served as Vice President and General Counsel for Averion International Corp., a publicly traded provider of global clinical research services, where he was responsible for all company legal matters. Previous to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel at MacroChem Corporation, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and as Assistant General Counsel at Summit Autonomous (formerly Summit Technology, Inc.), a publicly traded manufacturer of ophthalmic laser systems. Prior to that, he engaged in the private practice of law where he represented clients on a broad range of litigation matters.
Glenn graduated from Providence College with a BA in Engineering / Physics / Systems and received his J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the American and Rhode Island Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Todd B. Patriacca, has been our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer since February 2010. Prior to his current position, Mr. Patriacca served as our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer since October 2008 and previous to that, as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since May 2007 and as Corporate Controller since May 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Patriacca was Corporate Finance Manager at MKS Instrument Inc., a semi-conductor equipment manufacturer since March 2002. Prior to MKS, Mr. Patriacca spent over ten years at Arthur Andersen LLP in the Assurance Advisory practice. Mr. Patriacca is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.