Board of Directors
Charles M. Brown
Charles M. Brown became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on July 16, 2007, when he was also appointed to the Board. His current term as Director expires with the 2013 Annual Meeting. Previously, Mr. Brown was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pump, Pool and Spa Divisions at Pentair, Inc., a company with 2006 revenues of approximately $3.15 billion, from April 2005 through October 2006. From August 2003 to February 2005, Mr. Brown was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pentair Tools Group (which was acquired by Black & Decker Corporation in 2004). Prior to that, Mr. Brown was the President/General Manager of Aqua Glass Corporation, a Masco Corporation company, from 1996 to August 2003. Mr. Brown received a B.A., Economics and Government, from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Brown has broad business experience and is the sole member of management who serves on the Board. He serves a critical role in the communication between the Board and our management team.
Patrick J. Byrne
Patrick J. Byrne was appointed to the Board of the Company in May 2010, and his current term expires with the 2013 Annual Meeting. He was appointed as Chair of the Compensation Committee in January 2011. Mr. Byrne has served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and Chief Technical Officer of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) since November 2012. Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers. Prior to that, Mr. Byrne served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intermec, Inc. from 2007 to May 2012. Prior to joining Intermec as CEO in 2007, Mr. Byrne served as a Senior Vice President and President of the Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies Inc., a bio-analytical and electronic measurement company, from 2005 to 2007. Prior to 2005, he held various Senior Management positions at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard Company. He currently serves on the Board of Micron Technologies, one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, with memory products in computing, networking, mobile, and embedded applications. Mr. Byrne received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Byrne is an executive of a large public technology company and a former CEO of a public company and has extensive management experience in technology industries and markets which share many of the same characteristics as ours. His extensive international experience and background in managing manufacturing operations and multiple distribution channels are valuable to our CEO as well as to our Board.
Jerry L. Calhoun
Jerry L. Calhoun is the independent Chairman of the Board. He joined the Company’s Board of Directors in January 2007, and his current term expires with the 2015 Annual Meeting. In January 2011, Mr. Calhoun was appointed the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Governance Committee. Until January 2011, he served as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Calhoun has been a business consultant for the Ford Motor Company since January 2007. Mr. Calhoun was Vice President, Human Resources with Boeing Commercial Airplanes from 2001 until January 2007. He was previously Vice President of Employee and Union Relations for Boeing. Prior to those positions with the Boeing Company, in 1981 Mr. Calhoun was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense for civilian personnel policy and requirements; and in 1983 he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense for force management and personnel. In 1985, President Reagan nominated him as Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He also served as Chairman of the Foreign Service Labor Relations Board until November 1988, when he returned to the private sector with Boeing. Mr. Calhoun has also taught on the faculty of the University of Washington’s School of Business Administration, in the areas of labor management relations and human resource systems. He is a member of the board of a number of organizations, including the Labor Industrial Relations Association Group and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Among the various awards bestowed upon him for his public service, Mr. Calhoun was honored with the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. Mr. Calhoun holds a B.A. from Seattle University and a Master's Degree in business from the University of Washington.
Mr. Calhoun has extensive experience in employee relations, compensation programs and human resources. He brings to the Board a wide range of experience in U.S. government and international matters and as well as senior management experience of a large, global, high-technology company. Mr. Calhoun’s experience allows him to advise the Board and senior management on key issues of corporate strategy. This is a key skill required for our Board.
Richard P. Fox
Richard P. Fox has served as consultant and independent board member since 2001 for companies in various industries. Mr. Fox joined the Company’s Board of Directors in 2002 and his current term expires with the 2015 Annual Meeting. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of CyberSafe Corporation, responsible for the overall financial services and operations of the company. Prior to joining CyberSafe, Mr. Fox was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Wall Data where he was responsible for the company’s finances, operations, and human resources activities. Mr. Fox spent 28 years at Ernst & Young, last serving as Managing Partner of the Seattle Office. He serves on the Board of Directors of Univar Inc., a worldwide chemical distribution company, and Pendrell Corporation (NASDAQ: PCO), an intellectual property ("IP") investment and advisory firm. Mr. Fox received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Washington State.
Mr. Fox's extensive service on audit and finance committees, his public accounting experience and Chief Financial Officer service, as well as his service as Managing Partner at Ernst & Young make him especially well qualified to serve on the Audit Committee and as a financial expert. His service on other Boards of Directors gives him a breadth of experience that is helpful to our Board.
Robert S. Jaffe
Robert S. Jaffe was appointed the Company’s Board of Directors effective as of August 1, 2011 and his current term ends with the 2014 Annual meeting. On June 20, 2012, Mr. Jaffe became Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Pendrell Corporation (NASDAQ: PCO). He was a partner in the law firm of K&L Gates, and its predecessor, Preston Gates & Ellis, from 1986 until December 31, 2006. From January 2007 to July 2011, Mr. Jaffe was a Special Counsel with K&L Gates. He practiced corporate law, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and primary outside counsel work. From 2001 until December 31, 2008, he served as co-investment manager for MRM Capital, LLC and a number of its affiliates. Starting July 1, 2007, he also began advising the Family Office established by James E. Coles and continues in that role. He holds both a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Washington.
Mr. Jaffe served as primary outside counsel for a number of publicly-traded and privately held corporations (including the Company) and is very experienced in dealing with problems inherent to those organizations. He has extensive experience in counseling Boards of Directors as they deal with the challenges they meet in today’s marketplace. He currently serves as General Counsel to another public company. Mr. Jaffe’s extensive experience in counseling a broad variety of companies and in particular his years of working with the Company uniquely qualify him to guide the Company as a director.
Larry A. Kring
Larry A. Kring served as Senior Group Vice President for Esterline Technologies, a global manufacturer of avionics and controls, sensors and systems and advanced materials from 2005 until his retirement in 2008. He joined the Board of Directors in March 2008 and his current term expires with the 2014 Annual Meeting. Prior to joining Esterline, Mr. Kring spent 15 years as President and CEO of Heath Tecna Aerospace Company. He also served as an executive of Sargent Industries, and was General Manager of Cochran Western Corporation. He was a director of Everlast Worldwide and has served three terms on the Aerospace Industries Association’s Board of Directors. He holds an M.B.A. from the California State University, Northridge and a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University.
Mr. Kring is trained as an engineer and has extensive management experience in manufacturing and particularly in the aerospace sector. His management background not only brings manufacturing expertise to the Board, but also qualifies him to sit on the Audit Committee and serve as a financial expert.
Lorenzo C. Lamadrid
Lorenzo C. Lamadrid is Managing Director of Globe Development Group, LLC, a firm that specializes in the development of large-scale energy, power generation, transportation and infrastructure projects in China and provides business advisory services and investments with a particular focus on China. Mr. Lamadrid joined the Company’s Board of Directors in 2006 and his current term expires with the 2015 Annual Meeting. Mr. Lamadrid is also Chairman of Synthesis Energy Systems (NASDAQ: SYMX), a firm that implements leading technology for the production of clean energy, high value gases and chemicals including synthetic natural gas, methanol, ethanol, and ammonia from low cost fuels. Additionally, Mr. Lamadrid is a member of the International Advisory Board of Sirocco Aerospace, an international aircraft manufacturer and marketer. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arthur D. Little, a management consulting company, as President of Western Resources International, Inc., and as Managing Director of The Wing Group, a leading international electric power project-development company. Prior to that, he was a corporate officer of General Electric (“GE”), serving as Vice President and General Manager at GE Aerospace and head of International Operations at GE Aerospace from 1984 to 1992. Mr. Lamadrid holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Administrative Sciences from Yale University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Lamadrid brings experience in international business to the Board. This is essential to us, as over half of our business is outside of North America. His extensive experience in Asia, which is experiencing rapid growth, is particularly helpful to the Company. His background in the aerospace industry also guides us in our Advanced business segment.
Bradley D. Tilden
Bradley D. Tilden was appointed to the Board of the Company in May 2010, and his current term expires with the 2013 Annual Meeting. He was appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee in January 2012. Mr. Tilden was elected chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, effective May 15, 2012. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tilden leads the nation’s seventh-largest airline, with 9,600 employees, 60 destinations and 117 aircraft. He also oversees regional carrier Horizon Air and its 3,200 employees and 48 aircraft serving 39 cities across California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Mexico. Previously, Mr. Tilden served as Alaska Airlines’ president. Prior to becoming president, he was Alaska Air Group’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and planning, with responsibility for finance, information technology, planning, revenue management and corporate real estate. Before joining Alaska in 1991, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in its offices in Seattle and Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Tilden serves on the boards of Pacific Lutheran University and the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Tilden earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an Executive Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Mr. Tilden's has extensive knowledge of accounting and financial expertise, and extensive senior management experience within a large, publicly traded corporation. He is well qualified to serve on our Audit Committee as its Chair and a financial expert as well as the Board of Directors.
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