Fortive Leadership Team

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Corporate Leaders

Jim Lico
, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jim Lico

As founding president and chief executive officer, Jim drives Fortive’s overall vision, drawing on two decades of deep experience at Danaher.

Jim is deeply committed to the development of Fortive’s people, in a dynamic culture of unending learning and growth. He joined Veeder-Root in 1996 and was tapped for roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed executive vice president and member of the Danaher office of the chief executive. His multi-industry responsibilities focused on test and measurement, transportation technologies and industrial technologies.

Jim has also had corporate responsibility for Danaher corporate procurement and served as executive leader for the emerging market regional boards of China, Japan, India and Middle East. Jim ran DBS from 2004 to 2005 and ensures that its key principles continue to inspire the Fortive Business System.

"We are building an exciting, enduring company where every team member contributes to our shared purpose and our continued growth, innovation and strong performance, year after year."

Jim holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a Masters in management from Northwestern University. Jim lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

Chuck McLaughlin
, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Chuck McLaughlin

Chuck leads Fortive’s financial operations and drives the company’s financial planning and M&A agendas.

Prior to Fortive, Chuck served as group Chief Financial Officer of both Danaher’s $4.7B Diagnostics platform and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. He played a key role in several major acquisitions, including IRIS International and MicroScan for Beckman Coulter, Devicor for Leica Biosystems, and Hemocue for Radiometer.

"Business growth and performance are important to our company because results matter. They matter to our shareholders, they matter to our customers, and they matter to our associates."

Chuck previously served as Vice President and CFO of Tektronix, where he led the integration of what is now the Fortive Business System into the company’s financial planning and reporting functions and played a key role in developing talent within the finance function.

Chuck holds a BS in finance from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Willamette University.

Barbara Hulit
, Senior Vice President
Barbara Hulit

Barbara brings vision, experience, and a commitment to innovation to her role leading the Advanced Healthcare Solutions Platform. She also oversees Fortive's data analytics related to our innovation incubator (The Fort), and our work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Barbara originally joined us as President of Fluke in 2005, and was appointed Danaher group executive and corporate officer three years later. Since 2013, she has held roles of increasing scope as Senior Vice President with company-wide responsibility for the Fortive Business System (FBS) office, procurement, IT, high growth markets and innovation.

Barbara previously spent 13 years focusing on strategy and business development at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. She also served in sales and marketing roles with Noxell Corporation, PepsiCo and Marketing Corporation of America.

"You take our great talent base with the power of FBS, and you see extraordinary things happen."

Barbara serves on the board of the Pacific Science Center and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Named one of the top women in STEM for her role in establishing the Washington STEM Center, she is passionate about driving STEM education from an early age, particularly for girls. She earned her BBA in marketing from the University of Texas, Austin and her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.

Barbara lives with her son in the Seattle area, where she enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through hiking, mountain climbing, biking, swimming and running.

Pat Murphy
, Senior Vice President
Pat Murphy

Pat leads Fortive’s Precision Technologies platform. He also oversees our work in China. Pat draws on over 30 years of experience in industrial technologies, and has a strong background in management and technology to drive breakthrough innovation and performance. Previously, Pat served as group president of automation at Danaher.

"I love working with the extraordinary team at Fortive. Our passion for innovation and our culture of continuous improvement set us apart."

Pat began his career at Emerson, where he spent more than 25 years in roles of increasing responsibility, including operations, sales and marketing as well as strategic planning and business development. His leadership roles included responsibility for Emerson’s motor and appliance components businesses. Pat previously spent 3 years as CEO of Nidec Motor Corporation and president of the company’s appliance, commercial and industrial motors business unit.

Pat holds a BS in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from St. Louis University. He lives with his wife and two sons in St. Louis, Missouri, where he serves on the Chancellor’s Council for the University of Missouri as well as several local boards, including United Way and Rebuilding Together.

Wes Pringle
, Senior Vice President
Wes Pringle

Wes leads Fortive’s Intelligent Operating Solutions platform, which monitors and ensures uninterrupted operations for critical infrastructure.

Wes joined Fluke in 2012 as president of Fluke Industrial and was named president of Fluke a year later. He successfully led the company to strong growth and margin expansion and was instrumental in the development of Fluke Connect, which helps streamline preventive maintenance workflows and improve safety through wireless-enabled test instruments.

"We hold an incredibly unique position in the field solutions industry. We’re at our best when the stakes are high. Our rugged, reliable technologies are essential because there is no room for compromise when the goal is keeping our customers safe."

Before Fluke, Wes advanced through a series of sales, marketing and general management roles at Whirlpool Corporation, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson.

Wes has a BS from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. He serves on the board of the United Way of Snohomish County and lives in the Seattle area.

Jon Schwarz
, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Jon Schwarz

Jon leads M&A and investment activity for Fortive, including transaction sourcing, valuation, due diligence, and negotiations.  He also oversees the tax and treasury functions for Fortive, including all tax strategies, cash management and financing activities.

Jon came to Fortive from Danaher, where he held roles of progressive responsibility on the corporate development team beginning in 2005. He led 50 completed transactions, expanding and shaping the portfolio via new platforms, entry into adjacent markets, bolt-on acquisitions and strategic divestitures. He played a key role in many of Danaher’s largest and most complex transactions, including the acquisitions of Pall, Tektronix and SCIEX, as well as the Reverse Morris Trust of the company’s communications business with NetScout.

Jon is a strong practitioner and leader of the Fortive Business System, driving continuous improvement of the M&A process, and fostering innovation through investments and acquisitions to build competitive advantage and shareholder value.

"I am energized and deeply committed to helping Fortive maximize its unique potential—building upon a foundation of strong businesses united by the Fortive Business System through smart, strategic deployment of capital in M&A."

Jon previously worked in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and JPMorgan Securities. He began his M&A career practicing corporate law. He has a BA in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University, an MA in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University–Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. Jon lives in the Seattle area, where he shares a passion for the outdoors with his wife and three children.

Read Simmons
, Senior Vice President, Strategy
Read Simmons

 
Read leads our global strategic development efforts, including as they relate to our M&A and investment decisions and our organic growth strategies across all our segments.   

Read previously was the President of Vista Consulting Group for Vista Equity Partners, a leading private investment firm focused on software, data, and technology-enabled businesses.  At Vista, Read led the firm’s dedicated internal consulting organization, developing strategies to accelerate growth, organizational capacity, and talent development throughout Vista’s private equity portfolio.  


Prior to joining Vista, Read was a Partner at Bain & Company, where he served as a Director in its Private Equity Practice and led its Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group and its Digital and Advanced Analytics Practice. 

 

"I am excited to work with our global team across Fortive to deliver both the current and next generation of connected software-enabled workflow solutions to our customers to accelerate their success and growth."

 

Read has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.  Read lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and four children.
 

Peter Underwood
, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Peter Underwood

Peter leads Fortive’s global legal organization, including compliance, securities and governance, litigation, labor and employment, M&A, intellectual property and risk capabilities. He also oversees the company’s environment, health and safety and regulatory affairs/quality affairs functions.

Before joining Fortive, Peter served as vice president, general counsel and secretary at Regal Beloit Corporation in Beloit, Wisconsin. He was responsible for all legal activities and staff, and negotiated and closed M&A transactions in jurisdictions around the world to help grow the company from $1.8B to nearly $4B. Peter came to Regal Beloit from the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a partner specializing in M&A, securities laws, reporting compliance and corporate governance.

Peter brings extensive experience with a wide variety of domestic and international corporate transactions, with a focus on advising public and private manufacturing businesses. His leadership and legal expertise ensure Fortive’s strong culture of integrity and compliance.

"Fortive is an exciting company with a strong track record of success. As a legal team, we help its businesses achieve their goals while ensuring safety, effective compliance, and the highest standards of ethics and integrity."

Peter holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in international relations and Soviet studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He studied Russian language and culture at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Peter lives in Duvall, Washington.

Stacey Walker
, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Stacey Walker

Stacey leads Fortive’s talent acquisition, development and retention efforts to help each of our operating companies build extraordinary teams. She is passionate about fully embracing Fortive’s shared purpose and values in every role and at every level, in a dynamic culture where inclusion and diversity make teams stronger, and employees are empowered to contribute in meaningful ways.

Prior to Fortive, Stacey spent 10 years at Danaher in a number of roles with increasing scope. She supported Danaher’s industrial technologies and environmental segments before being tapped to lead global talent management. In this role, she cultivated companywide talent strategies, including learning and talent development, performance management and succession planning. Stacey previously held leadership HR roles at Honeywell International.

“There’s an expectation that people can achieve extraordinary things here. You are given—in some cases—really tough objectives to hit. What’s interesting is to see that most often people rise to the occasion and accomplish things that perhaps they never would have thought achievable when they started the journey.”

Stacey has a BA in history and political science from the University of Windsor, Ontario. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and son.

Board of Directors

James A. Lico
Jim Lico


As Fortive’s founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lico drives Fortive’s overall vision, drawing on two decades of deep experience at Danaher.

Jim is uniquely positioned to build extraordinary teams for extraordinary results at Fortive. He joined Danaher in 1996 as Vice President Operations of Veeder-Root in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and was tapped for roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed Danaher Executive Vice President and member of the Danaher Office of the Chief Executive. During his tenure, his multi-industry responsibilities focused on test and measurement, transportation technologies and industrial technologies.

Jim has also had corporate responsibility for Danaher Corporate Procurement and served as Danaher’s executive leader for the Emerging Market Regional Boards of China, Japan, India and Middle East. Jim ran the Danaher Business System (DBS) from 2004 to 2005 and will ensure that its key principles continue to guide the Fortive Business System (FBS).

“I am committed to building the Fortive and FBS culture and ensuring the company exceeds our customers, shareholders and employees’ expectations.”

Prior to Danaher, Jim held positions of progressively broader scope at AlliedSignal and General Motors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of NetScout Systems, a publicly traded network technology company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University. Jim lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Maureen and three children.

Sharmistha Dubey

Sharmistha Dubey has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2020.  Ms. Dubey currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Match Group, Inc., overseeing growth for the portfolio of brands including Tinder, Match, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, Pairs, PlentyOfFish, and OurTime.  Prior to Ms. Dubey’s current role, she has served in various senior leadership positions at Match Group, Inc. since 2006, including as Match Group's President, Chief Operating Officer of Tinder, President of Match Group Americas, Chief Product Officer of Match, and Chief Product Officer and EVP of The Princeton Review.  Ms. Dubey holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Engineering from Ohio State University.

 

Feroz Dewan

Feroz Dewan has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2016. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arena Holdings Management LLC, an investment holding company since 2016. From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Dewan served in a series of positions with Tiger Global Management, an investment firm with approximately $20 billion under management across public and private equity funds. From 2002 to 2003, he also served as a Private Equity Associate at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments in technology and related industries.

Mr. Dewan has experience in the technology industry and technology-related companies, including extensive experience in valuation, investments and acquisitions, financial reporting, risk management, corporate governance, capital allocation, and operational oversight.  and areas of financial matters, such as risk management and corporate governance. 

Rejji P. Hayes

Rejji P. Hayes has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2020.  Since 2017, Mr. Hayes has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), a publicly traded electric and natural gas company. As CMS Energy’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hayes oversees all treasury, tax, investor relations, accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal controls and compliance, and mergers and acquisitions for CMS Energy Corporation. Mr. Hayes also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of EnerBank USA®, a CMS Energy subsidiary and nationwide provider of home improvement loans.  Prior to joining CMS Energy Corporation, Mr. Hayes served as the Chief Financial Officer of ITC Holdings Corp, a publicly traded electric transmission company, from 2014 to 2016 and as its Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining ITC Holdings Corp., Mr. Hayes held strategy and financial leadership roles for Exelon Corporation, Lazard Freres & Co., and Banc of America Securities.  Mr. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s degree in business from Harvard Business School.

In addition to his strong knowledge of the power and energy sector, Mr. Hayes brings extensive experience in finance, capital markets, accounting and financial reporting, valuation, mergers & acquisitions, risk management, ESG and regulatory matters, and corporate governance.
 

 

Kate D. Mitchell

Kate D. Mitchell has served as a partner and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies, since 1997. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mitchell served with Bank of America, a multinational banking and financial services corporation, from 1988 to 1996, most recently as Senior Vice President for Bank of America Interactive Banking. Ms. Mitchell currently serves on the boards of directors of Silicon Valley Bank, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and other private company boards on behalf of Scale Venture Partners.

Ms. Mitchell has over 35 years of extensive experience in the technology industry, with a focus on innovative software and technology markets. In addition, she has deep experience as a director, investor, and senior executive in the areas of business management and operations, finance, financial reporting, risk management, investment and acquisition strategy, and executive compensation.

Mitchell P. Rales

Mitchell P. Rales has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2016. He is a co-founder of Danaher Corporation and has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Danaher since 1984. Mr. Rales is also Chairman of the Board of Directors at Colfax Corporation. In addition, he has been a principal in a number of private and public business entities in the manufacturing area for more than the past five years.

The strategic vision and leadership of Mr. Rales and his brother, Steven Rales, helped create the foundation of the Fortive Business System (FBS) and the Danaher Business System, and have guided the respective businesses down a path of consistent, profitable growth that continues today. In addition, as a result of his substantial ownership stake in Fortive, he is well-positioned to understand, articulate and advocate for the rights and interests of Fortive’s shareholders.

Steven M. Rales

Steven M. Rales has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2016. He is a co-founder of Danaher Corporation and has served as Chairman of the Board of Danaher since 1984. In addition, he has been a principal in a private business entity in the area of film production for more than the past five years. 

The strategic vision and leadership of Mr. Rales and his brother, Mitchell Rales, helped create the foundation of the Fortive Business System (FBS) and the Danaher Business System, and have guided the respective businesses down a path of consistent, profitable growth that continues today. In addition, as a result of the substantial ownership stake that Mr. Rales has in Fortive, he is well-positioned to understand, articulate and advocate for the rights and interests of Fortive’s shareholders.

Jeannine P. Sargent

Jeannine P. Sargent has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2019. She is the Chair of the Audit Committee, the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. She has served as an operating partner of Katalyst Ventures, an early-stage technology venture fund, since 2018. Ms. Sargent served as president of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex, a leader in global design and manufacturing from 2012 to 2017. Prior to joining Flex, Ms. Sargent served as the chief executive officer of Oerlikon, a publicly-traded Swiss company, and Voyan Technology, an embedded systems software provider. Ms. Sargent is also a director and an audit committee member of Synopsys Inc., a publicly-traded electronic design automation company, a director of Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, and a director, the chair of the nominating and governance committee and a member of the audit committee of Proterra Inc., a commercial vehicle electrification technology company.  Ms. Sargent was previously a director, a member of the compensation committee, and a member of the nominating and governance committee of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a provider of advanced embedded system solutions. She currently serves on several investment and advisory boards and is on the board of trustees at Northeastern University. 

Ms. Sargent has over 30 years of experience encompassing leadership, operations, marketing and engineering roles with a diverse mix of high technology hardware and software companies across multiple industries. In addition, Ms. Sargent has significant experience with the development and global launch of disruptive technology, executing investment and acquisition strategies, corporate governance, cybersecurity and executive compensation.
 

Alan G. Spoon
, Chairman

Alan G. Spoon has served as Fortive’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. In addition, Mr. Spoon served as a Partner of Polaris Partners, a company that invests in private technology and life science firms, from 2000 to 2018, including as Managing General Partner from 2000 to 2010 and as Partner Emeritus from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Spoon is also a member of the board of directors of each of Danaher Corporation, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Match Group, Inc. and Cable One, Inc. In addition to his prior leadership role at Polaris Partners, Mr. Spoon previously served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of one of the country’s largest, publicly-traded education and media companies, and has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies.

Mr. Spoon's public and private company leadership experience gives him insight into business strategy, leadership, marketing, finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and board management. His public company and private equity experience gives him insight into trends in the internet and technology industries, acquisition strategy, and financing, each of which represents an area of key strategic opportunity for Fortive.