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Rockwell Automation announces senior leadership transitions

November 5, 2018
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

November 5, 2018 – Rockwell Automation has announced several senior leadership transitions effective January 1, 2019. 

The new staff will all report to Blake Moret, chairman and CEO.

“I am pleased to announce changes to our global sales and marketing organization,” says Moret. “These changes, which result from our long-term leadership succession planning process, will accelerate the pace of executing our strategy to bring the Connected Enterprise to life for our customers. These changes further enhance our organizational focus on global growth, customers and strategic partnerships.”

John McDermott, senior vice president, global sales and marketing, announced his intent to retire March 31, 2019. He will continue to report to Moret until his retirement and will work to ensure a successful transition to his successors. “In his almost 40-year career with Rockwell Automation, John has helped position our company for the future and keep customer focus at the core of what we do,” says Moret.


John Genovesi, who currently serves as vice-president, will assume the new role of senior vice-president, enterprise accounts and software. In his new role, Genovesi will report to Moret and will focus on Rockwell Automation’s most strategic customers and its partnership with PTC. “John has deep experience and expertise in delivering value to customers by understanding their businesses and best opportunities for productivity, and his successful career with our company demonstrates his commitment to driving customer success,” says Moret.

Thomas Donato, who currently serves as president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will assume the role of senior vice-president, sales and marketing. Donato is based in the company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and will also report to Moret. In this new role, he will be responsible for the growth and evolution of Rockwell Automation’s worldwide channels to market, and the sales and marketing organizations across Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and North America. “Thomas is a proven, global leader whose background and experiences will bring a diverse perspective to the senior leadership team, and he inherits a solid team of sales and marketing leaders globally.”

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