President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Niew is president and CEO of Knowles Corporation, the leading global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions, audio processing and specialty components serving mobile consumer electronics, wearables, IoT, medical technology, telecommunications infrastructure, military/space and other industrial end markets. Jeffrey’s leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have strengthened Knowles’ culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets and extended its product portfolio and global reach.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2013, Jeffrey was president and CEO of Dover Communication Technologies. During his time as Knowles Electronics' chief operating officer, Jeffrey was responsible for day-to-day global operations, product research and development and financial performance. During his tenure as vice president and general manager of Knowles Acoustics, the consumer products division, he was responsible for the development and commercialization of the first surface-mounted MEMS microphone, the SiSonic™ Series. This technological advancement remains the industry standard today.
Before joining Knowles in 2000, Jeffrey was the business development manager for Littelfuse, Inc., a global electronics manufacturer specializing in the consumer and automotive markets. Jeffrey also held various engineering and marketing positions in the optoelectronics division of Hewlett-Packard.
Jeffrey is currently a board member of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. and sits on the University of Illinois – College of Engineering Advisory Board. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
John Anderson manages all financial functions at Knowles Corporation. He plays a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating Knowles’ overall capital structure and capital allocation strategy. Working closely with the CEO and leaders of the business units, John’s proven track record and commitment ensures Knowles consistently achieves bottom line performance, working capital, and ultimately, enhancing shareholder value.
John joins Knowles after more than four years at Dover Corporation, where he held several positions. Most recently he was vice president and chief financial officer of Dover Energy, where he increased the company's profitability through a number of acquisitions and successful integrations.
Previously, John held a number of leadership titles at Sauer Danfoss, Borg Warner Turbosystems and Borg Warner Automotive. At Borg Warner, he worked in Germany for two years. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. A certified public accountant, he is member of the Illinois CPA Society and former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. He graduated in 1986 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He also received an MBA degree in business administration from the University of Chicago in 2000.
John lives in Elmhurst with his wife and three children.
Chief Technology Officer
Alexis Bernard is chief technology officer, responsible for Knowles’ technology strategy, roadmap, and partnerships. Alexis’s experience in technology development and corporate strategy will further strengthen Knowles’ global technology vision.
Alexis has over 15 years of experience in executive and functional leadership roles with industry-leading technology companies such as Audience, Nokia, and Texas Instruments. Prior to Knowles, he was the chief technology officer at Audience and enlarged its strategic scope beyond audio to include motion processing, multi-sensory intelligence and low-power always-on capabilities. Prior to that role, Alexis was vice president of technology strategy and business development at Nokia. He was responsible, with the CTO, for corporate technology strategy, Nokia’s research portfolio management and operational excellence, technology marketing, open innovation, and mobile ecosystem partnerships.
He also spent five years at McKinsey & Company in the firm's telecom, media and technology practice in New York. He consulted senior management of large companies, government leaders or private equity clients in the telecom and semiconductor sectors on strategy, corporate finance, marketing and operations matters.
Alexis began his career as a researcher in speech coding and recognition, including five years in the DSP research and development center of Texas Instruments in Dallas.
Alexis is an inventor on multiple patents and author of over 25 publications in the field of digital communications and speech technology. He holds an MSEE from the University of Louvain in Belgium, a PhD electrical engineering from UCLA.
Alexis lives in Mountain View, California with his wife and son and enjoys the many outdoor activities of the San Francisco bay area.
President, Mobile Consumer Electronics—Performance Audio and Specialty Components—Acoustics and Hearing Health
Christian Scherp is president of Mobile Consumer Electronics—Performance Audio, and Specialty Components—Acoustics and Hearing Health. Christian leads the MEMS microphone products and integrated audio system solutions business, and his leadership in boosting growth through new product innovation combined with a continual focus on cost savings initiatives is reinforcing Knowles’ leadership position. He specializes in integrated design development and focuses on Knowles Mobile Consumer Electronics’ timeliness to market, flexibility and speed. Christian also oversees Knowles’ specialty acoustic components for the Hearing Health and Performance Audio markets. Knowles is the market leader in these core areas.
He previously served as the co-president of Mobile Consumer Electronics—Speakers and Receivers before being appointed to his current position in 2015. He joined Knowles in September 2012 with more than 20 years of product, sales, marketing and general management experience in the consumer electronics and communication industry. Christian has a proven track record of generating profitable growth with key corporate accounts on a global basis.
Christian held various management positions in Europe, Asia and North America. Previously, he served as global head of sales for TE Connectivity’s Consumer Devices Business Unit from 2011 to 2012 and several leadership roles at Conexant Systems from 2006 to 2011, including president and co-president of sales, marketing and program management and global head of sales.
Christian received his electrical engineering and business administration degree from the Technical University in Munich, Germany. He lives with his wife and children.
President, Mobile Consumer Electronics—Intelligent Audio
Paul Dickinson is president, Mobile Consumer Electronics—Intelligent Audio, focused on the integration of Audience Inc., and the company’s strategy to develop and deliver solutions for the entire audio signal path. Paul is also responsible for the development of software, voice processors, CODEC, smart microphones, smart speakers and receivers, ultrasonic and motion. His proven track record in accelerating business growth helps to ensure Knowles’ success and profitability as a leader in the industry.
Prior to his current appointment, Paul was the senior vice president, Corporate Development responsible for the company’s strategy, acquisitions, and key business drivers. He led the acquisition of Audience, Inc., a leader in advanced voice and multisensory processing, and dramatically expanded the organizations capabilities and the company’s ability to deliver comprehensive audio solutions.
Before joining Knowles in 2013, Paul was chief financial officer at EPAY Systems, a time and labor management software startup in Chicago. Previously, he was at Littelfuse, Inc., for 19 years and served in executive leadership roles. Paul’s work in leading one of the Littelfuse businesses as well as corporate strategy and acquisitions, helped grow Littelfuse to record financial performance. In addition to his finance and accounting background, Paul also has experience leading sales, marketing and development teams.
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He also received his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
President, Specialty Components—Precision Devices
Chris Dugan joined Knowles as the president of Precision Devices in May, 2016. In this role, Chris holds the responsibility for both the Knowles Timing and Capacitor businesses.
Chris most recently served as president, Americas for Bridon Corporation. Prior to Bridon, Chris held general management, commercial management, and M&A roles with Cooper Industries and Carrier Corporation. He also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Chris holds a BA from the University of Rochester and was a NCAA All-American swimmer. Following graduation, he served as a Navy SEAL officer in the Navy's most selective operational unit. Chris also received his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Chris and his family reside in Cazenovia, New York.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Officer
Ray Cabrera manages the company’s human capital strategy including talent acquisition, organizational development, talent management and total rewards for Knowles, and oversees human resources for a global employee base of more than 13,000 employees. Through Ray’s focus on attracting talent with a passion for innovation and a drive for success, Knowles repeatedly has received recognition as a top workplace.
Ray joined Knowles in 1997 and has played a key role in acquiring the competencies to position Knowles as the technology leader –recruiting and developing the senior leadership team and helping the company expand its operational footprint in Asia. He is also responsible for overseeing the information technology function including global infrastructure, ERP and business applications, as well as the communications function including corporate communications, branding and marketing communications.
Ray graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and also holds an MBA from DePaul University.
Ray resides in St. Charles, Illinois with his wife and three sons. He and his family are active in the community and serve and support several local charities.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Daniel Giesecke is senior vice president and chief operating officer and manages the company’s operational strategy. He is responsible for global operations, advanced manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, and supply chain management that includes sourcing and procurement, planning, inventory, and global order fulfillment at Knowles. Daniel’s leadership creates value by delivering innovative processes and automation to achieve and best-in-class quality and delivery of products, which has positioned Knowles as a world-class manufacturer.
Daniel joined Knowles in 1995 and has held positions with increasing responsibility in engineering, supply chain and operations. Throughout his time at the company, Daniel led the start-up of multiple manufacturing sites throughout Asia as well as the transfer of operations between facilities. Under his leadership, his team developed the manufacturing process for the first surface-mounted MEMs microphone, the SiSonic™ Series and scaled into High Volume Manufacturing. Through his work in enhancing global value creation processes, Daniel has helped improve the company’s efficiency and profitability.
Previously, he was at Ohmite Manufacturing Co. for three years, where he developed and scaled into production, high-power, thick film resistors.
Daniel graduated from Northern Illinois University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He also received his Master of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University.
A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society, he also volunteers and supports various wildlife and conservation organizations.
Daniel lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three children.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Thomas Jackson is our senior vice president, general counsel and secretary and manages the company’s global legal affairs, as well as all corporate governance and compliance functions at Knowles Corporation. He advises and counsels the Board of Directors and the leadership team on a broad range of legal, business, governance, compliance, policy and strategic matters including key operational initiatives, risk assessment and mitigation, major transactions, litigation and corporate citizenship.
Before joining Knowles, Thomas served as vice president and assistant general counsel at Jabil Circuit, Inc. where he played a key role in advising senior leadership on divestiture activities of a billion-dollar business unit. He also helped position the company as a leader in its market by spearheading a strategic acquisition of a precision injection molding firm.
Previously, Thomas was vice president, general counsel and secretary at Glatfelter Company from 2009 to 2011, where he was a key member of the executive team and influenced key decisions to invest in capital projects, enabling the company to exceed ROI projections by 19 percent. He also led a key acquisition which positioned the company to effectively penetrate a rapidly growing consumer products sector.
Thomas also served in legal and compliance roles at C&D Technologies, Inc., Ametek, Inc.,and Exelon Corporation, where he oversaw day-to-day legal affairs and corporate compliance matters, counseled executives, and handled all M&A and international transactions.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He received his Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He holds a legal license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of Florida.
Thomas lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Brian Crannell is senior vice president, corporate development, responsible for developing and driving Knowles’ strategic growth plans and merger and acquisition activities. His track record in developing growth strategies, executing acquisitions, and implementing product and technology initiatives are key enablers to Knowles’ growth goals.
Prior to his current role, Brian led the marketing and business development activities for Knowles’ Specialty Components – Acoustics and Hearing Health business units for four years. He successfully implemented growth strategies for MEMS in hearing health and performance audio segments, respectively, which continue to deliver strong results.
Before joining Knowles, Brian was with Littelfuse, Inc. from 1997 to 2011. He held corporate development, financial planning, marketing and product management roles, and resided for a period in China with his family. He successfully completed acquisitions in China, Taiwan, Germany, Canada and the US. Prior to Littlefuse, Brian held design engineering and product management roles at Masco Corporation.
Brian received his Juris Doctor law degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He holds a legal license in Illinois, and is registered with the USPTO as a patent attorney.
Brian and his family live in the Chicago area. He is a former board member of the Association for Corporate Growth, where he continues to be active, and donates his time to multiple community organizations.