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Moret succeeds Nosbuch as president and CEO of Rockwell

19 April, 2016

Rockwell Automation’s board of directors has elected Blake Moret, a 30-year veteran with the company, to succeed Keith Nosbusch as president and chief executive officer of the company, with effect from 1 July. Nosbusch, 65, who has been president and CEO since 2004, will continue to be chairman of the board. Moret, 53, is currently senior vice-president of Rockwell’s Control Products & Solutions business.

“Blake has proven himself to be an exceptional leader, with demonstrated readiness to lead the company,” says Rockwell’s lead director, Donald Parfet. “We welcome him to his new role at the conclusion of a deliberate and planned succession process. We are delighted he will build on the company’s many accomplishments under Keith’s direction and propel our vision of the Connected Enterprise to the next level.

“The past 12 years have been transformational for Rockwell Automation,” Parfet continues. “We’ve become a global technology leader and the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. Equally important, we are well-positioned to accelerate our evolution with industry-leading innovation that improves our customers’ global competitiveness.”

Moret has 30 years of experience in sales and business management roles in product, services, and solutions businesses across Rockwell. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee, and subsequently served in senior positions across the organisation, including international assignments in Europe and Canada. In 2011, he was named senior vice-president of Control Products & Solutions, one of the company’s two business segments, with sales of $3.6bn in the last financial year.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead Rockwell Automation and its talented employees into an exciting future,” says Moret. “We have a deep management team, unmatched technology solutions, domain expertise across a broad range of industries, and enduring customer relationships around the world. We are committed to continue to deliver customer and shareowner value in the years ahead.”

Incoming and outgoing: Rockwell Automation’s new president and CEO, Blake Moret (left), and his predecessor, Keith Nosbusch, who will remain chairman.

According to Keith Nosbusch: “It has been an honour and privilege to lead Rockwell Automation over the past 12 years. While, as a team, we enjoyed tremendous success, I have no doubt that we are well-positioned for an even greater future. Blake is the ideal executive to move Rockwell Automation forward in its next chapter. He brings a strong customer focus, as well as a deep understanding of the company’s values, culture, people, and technology, and how each of these power the company’s success.”

Parfet thanked Nosbusch “for his outstanding leadership … including his work as a vocal champion of smart, productive, and secure manufacturing. We are pleased that he has agreed to stay on as chairman so that the company can continue to benefit from his experience and support Blake’s transition to CEO.”

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