Executive Team

David L. Watza

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Financial Officer

    Previous experience:

    • TriMas Corporation
      • Vice President Corporate Development and Treasury, responsible for Global Treasury, March 2015 to October 2015.
      • Vice President Business Planning & Analysis, June 2013 to March 2015.
      • Division Finance Officer – Australia, overseas assignment, March 2011 to June 2013.
      • Division Finance Officer – Cequent Performance Products, July 2005 to March 2011.
    • DTE Energy, Energy Trading Company – non-regulated subsidiary, Risk Analyst and Accounting Supervisor roles, January 2000 to July 2005.
    • Lear Corporation, Manager of External Reporting, January 1996 to January 2000.
    • Durakon Industries, Corporate Controller, May 1992 to January 1996.
    • Arthur Andersen, Senior Auditor, July 1988 to May 1992.

    Education and Certifications:

    • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, BBA
    • Registered CPA, State of Michigan

    John Kearney

    Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA

      Previous experience:

      • Director of Sales and Marketing, Perceptron EMEA from 2003 to 2008. Various positions in project management, application engineering, product management and marketing for Perceptron EMEA spanning over 10 years.
      • Director in family owned automotive retail group from 1987 to 1989.

      Education:

      • B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics with Management Science from the University of Kent at Caterbury, UK in collaboration with the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

      Rick Van Valkenburg

      Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

        Previous experience:

        • Sales Account Manager for General Motors – Perceptron, Inc. from 2009 to 2016.
        • Application Engineering, Project Management and Project Engineering – Perceptron, Inc. from 1996 to 2009.

        Education:

        • BA in Economics – University of Michigan

        Heribert Viehweber

        Vice President, Operations and Quality

          Previous experience:

          • Director, Operations and Product Design – Perceptron, Inc. GmbH from 1992 to 2008.
          • Engineer – Leybold Degussa AG Hanau from 1989 to 1992.

          Education:

          • Fachhochschule in Electronic, Telecommunication Engineering Diploma from the University Giessen Friedberg
          • Vocational Training in Mechanic and Electronics with Hartmann & Braun

          James K. West

          Vice President, Engineering

            Previous experience:

            • Consultant – various machine vision and laser metrology firms from 2009 to 2014.
            • Chief Technology Officer, General Manager and Vice President of Engineering – FARO Technologies from 2001 to 2009.
            • Vice President of Engineering – SMX from 1997 to 2001.
            • Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer – Perceptron, Inc. from 1981 to 1997.

            Education and Certifications:

            • BS in Electrical Engineering – General Motors Institute (now Kettering University)
            • MS in Electrical Engineering – University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory