Leadership Team

Dean A. Foate

Chairman
President & Chief Executive Officer

Dean is our Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer. Dean joined Plexus in 1984 as a Design Engineer in our Engineering Solutions Group. After holding a number of leadership roles in our engineering organization, he was named president of the business unit in 1992. He was next promoted to Executive Vice President, where he assumed leadership over the company’s strategic growth initiatives. In 2001, Dean became our Chief Operating Officer, which led to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. In 2013, Dean was named the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Dean holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Todd Kelsey

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Todd is our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Todd joined Plexus in 1994 as a Design Engineer in our Engineering Solutions Group. Todd was named Vice President of our Neenah Design Center in 2002, Senior Vice President of Plexus Engineering Solutions in 2006, Senior Vice President Global Customer Services in 2007 and Executive Vice President Global Customer Services in 2011. He is responsible for all facets of the company's customer-focused Product Realization Value Stream, including: market development, customer services, engineering solutions, manufacturing solutions, supply chain and regional teams.

Todd holds a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Patrick Jermain

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Patrick is our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Patrick joined Plexus in 2010 as Corporate Controller and progressed quickly to our Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. He was promoted to his current role in May 2014 and is responsible for finance, tax and treasury functions and maintaining internal controls, external reporting, and investor relations.

Prior to joining Plexus, Patrick was the Corporate Controller, Assistant Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer at Appleton Papers Inc., currently known as Appvion, Inc. Mr. Jermain also held the positions of Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Secretary while at Appleton Papers. Prior to Appleton Papers, Mr. Jermain served as Vice President – Finance and Corporate Controller at Banta Corporation, acquired by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, and was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Patrick earned an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wake Forest University, and is a certified public accountant.

Angelo Ninivaggi - Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Angelo Ninivaggi

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Angelo is our Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. Angelo joined Plexus in 2002 as Director of Legal Services. In 2006, he was named our General Counsel, Corporate Compliance Officer and Secretary and was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in 2013. Angelo is responsible for our human resources, legal and compliance functions and oversees our enterprise risk management and social responsibility programs.

Prior to joining Plexus, Angelo served as Associate General Counsel of Micron Electronics, Inc. and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MCMS Inc. He began his career at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Angelo holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia University and juris doctor and masters in business administration degrees from Fordham University.

Steve Frisch - Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Steve Frisch

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Steve is our Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. Steve joined Plexus in 1990 as a Design Engineer in our Engineering Solutions Group. After holding a number of leadership roles in our engineering organization, he was named Vice President of our Raleigh and Livingston Design Centers in 2002. He was later appointed Senior Vice President of our Engineering Solutions Group. In 2010, he was named Regional President - EMEA; Senior Vice President, Global Engineering Solutions. In 2014 he was promoted to his current role, where he is responsible for managing and growing our existing customer base while also acquiring new business. In addition, he is responsible for improving Customer Service Excellence across all customer touch points within Plexus.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Marquette University.

Steve Gearhart

Chief Information Officer

Steve is our Chief Information Officer.  He joined Plexus in 2010 into his current role. Steve is responsible for all aspects of IT, including technical solutions, application development, supplier management and infrastructure. 

Prior to joining Plexus, Steve held a number of leadership roles within Information Technology and has also held various positions within materials, supply chain, engineering and quality. He has over 15 years of experience in the manufacturing industry.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University. 

Oliver Mihm

Regional President - EMEA

Oliver is our Regional President of the EMEA region. Oliver joined Plexus in 2000 as Project Engineer in our Engineering Solutions Group and progressed through a number of leadership roles. He was named Vice President of our Raleigh Design Center in 2008 and Vice President - Global Engineering Solutions in 2011. In early 2014, Oliver expanded his responsibilities to include oversight of the Industrial/Commercial market sector as Market Sector Vice President. He was promoted to his current role in 2015 where he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and is directly accountable for the performance of the go-to-market, supply chain and operational teams within the EMEA region.

Oliver holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in business administration with a specialization in international business from Marquette University.

Yong Jin "YJ" Lim

Regional President – Asia-Pacific

YJ is our Regional President of the Asia-Pacific region. YJ joined Plexus in 1998 as Managing Director of our Penang facility and progressed through a number of management positions in our Asia-Pacific region. In his current role, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the Asia-Pacific region and oversight of key managers across the region.

Prior to joining Plexus, YJ held a number of leadership roles in engineering and operations. He has over 29 years of experience in the electronics industry.

YJ holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University Technology of Malaysia.

Ronnie Darroch

Senior Vice President - Global Manufacturing Solutions

Ronnie is our Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing Solutions. He joined Plexus in 2012 as the Vice President of Operations in the EMEA region, and went on to lead the region as Regional President for two years, from June 2013 to April 2015. Ronnie came to Plexus with over 27 years of electronics experience in a broad range of executive level global operational and supply chain roles. In his current role, he is responsible for global operation processes, tools, transition, technology and continuous improvement, including AMER region manufacturing.

Ronnie holds a higher national diploma in electrical & electronic engineering, as well as a post graduate certificate in industrial & operations management. In addition, he holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of the West of Scotland.

Mike Running

Vice President - Global Engineering Solutions

Mike is our Vice President of Global Engineering Solutions. He joined Plexus in 1999 as a Digital Engineer at our Raleigh Design Center within our Engineering Solutions Group. After holding a number of engineering leadership positions, Mike was named Vice President of our Boulder Design Center in 2009 and then Vice President of our Neenah Design Center in 2011 – the largest of Plexus’ seven design centers globally. In 2013, he was appointed as the Vice President of Global Operations within the Engineering Solutions Group until being appointed into his current role in January of 2014. He is responsible for setting strategic vision for Plexus’ engineering service offerings, working with customer management and business development teams to help identify and develop new business relationships and partnering with the Plexus Executive Management Team on strategic initiatives.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Scott Theune

Vice President - Supply Chain

Scott is our Vice President of Supply Chain.  Scott joined Plexus in 1993 as an Industrial Engineer.  After holding a number of leadership roles in our manufacturing organization, he was promoted to General Manager in 1999.  In 2002, he was named Global Director of Manufacturing Processes and Technology.  He was appointed Vice President of Supply Chain Operations in 2005.  In 2009, he was promoted to his current role, where he is responsible for all facets of Supply Chain including: sourcing, costing, logistics, operations and solution selling. 

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Marquette University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in supply chain from Michigan State University.