Jeffrey S. Niew
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey S. Niew is president and CEO of Knowles Corporation, the leading global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, specialty components and human interface solutions serving mobile consumer electronics, 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. as well as Qualtré, 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.
John S. Anderson
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
John S. 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.
Michael A. Adell
Co-President, Mobile Consumer Electronics—Microphones
Michael A. Adell is co-president of Mobile Consumer Electronics—Microphones and oversees its MEMs microphone products and audio system solutions. Michael’s expertise in optimizing and refining component designs has helped Knowles become the world’s largest microphone components supplier in the world. His collaborative approach to working directly with customers contributes to Knowles’ reputation of high quality customer service.
He joined Knowles in 2002 and has held several positions with increasing responsibility throughout his tenure. When he joined, he was the product manager responsible for developing and executing the growth strategy around the first surface-mounted MEMs microphone, the SiSonic™ Series — a technology that changed the industry by helping major consumer electronics brands improve design and operate more cost efficiently.
He has more than 16 years of experience in the electronics industry, where he has held a variety of technical, product, marketing, sales and general management roles at Littelfuse, Inc., Panduit Corporation, and Climate Control, Inc., among others. He oversees Knowles membership of the MIPI Alliance as well as the MEMs Industry Group (MIG).
He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters.
Christian U. Scherp
Co-President, Mobile Consumer Electronics—Speakers and Receivers
Christian U. Scherp is co-president of Mobile Consumer Electronics—Speakers and Receivers and leads the speaker and receiver products and integrated audio system solutions businesses. Christian’s leadership in boosting growth through new product innovation combined with a continual focus on cost savings initiatives, has made Knowles Sound Solutions one of the top three speaker and receiver suppliers in the world and an important supplier to nearly all major consumer electronics companies globally. He specializes in integrated design development and focuses on Knowles Mobile Consumer Electronics’ timeliness to market, flexibility and speed.
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 in Asia. 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 and currently resides in Vienna, Austria with his wife and children.
Gordon A. Walker
Co-President, Specialty Components—Acoustics and Hearing Health
Gordon A. Walker is co-president of Specialty Components—Acoustics and Hearing Health and oversees Knowles’ specialty acoustic components for the Hearing Health and Performance Audio markets. Through Gordon’s focus on close, cooperative relationships with customers and a performance-leading product portfolio, Knowles is the market leader in these core areas.
He has been with Knowles for 16 years and has held a variety of posts in product management and operations. Through his leadership, Gordon helped grow the Hearing Health component business by 50 percent. He also led the business development effort for Knowles in high-performance earphones, bringing the miniaturized high-fidelity hearing aid technology to consumer markets. His work in operations included experience in sourcing, ERP implementation, production transfers and operational restructuring.
Gordon serves on the board of the U.S.-based Hearing Industries Association (HIA) and also serves on the board of Chicago-based Horizons for Youth, an organization helping K-12 kids succeed through education. He graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1997. He received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 2005.
Gordon lives in Chicago with his wife and four kids.
David W. Wightman
Co-President, Specialty Components—Precision Devices
David W. Wightman is co-president of Specialty Components—Precision Devices, focused on growth through new product launches, factory rationalization and global market development. Through David’s emphasis on team building and driving competitive spirit, Knowles is known for its quality customer service and agility in a quickly changing marketplace.
David joins Knowles after more than 14 years at Dover Corporation where he led the Dow Key Microwave Corporation and the Ceramic and Microwave Products group. His leadership helped these business groups double earnings, cut working capital in half and increase market share by focusing on new product innovation and market diversification. David was also instrumental in the acquisitions of Pole/Zero Corporation in 2007 and BSC Filters in 2010.
Previously, he held several management positions with Danaher Corporation and was president of Pacific Scientific and Sunbank companies. He is a member of Vistage International, a CEO membership organization. He studied industrial engineering and management at Arizona State University and graduated from West Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1984.
David lives in New Hampshire with his wife and enjoys many outdoor activities.
Raymond D. Cabrera
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Officer
Raymond D. 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 10,000 employees. Through Raymond’s focus on attracting talent with a passion for innovation and a drive for success, Knowles repeatedly has received recognition as a top workplace.
Raymond 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.
Raymond graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and also holds an MBA from DePaul University.
Raymond 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.
Paul M. Dickinson
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Treasurer
Paul M. Dickinson is senior vice president, Corporate Development, and treasurer, responsible for the company’s strategy, acquisitions, treasury activities and risk management functions. Paul’s proven track record in growing companies helps to ensure Knowles’ success and profitability as a leading supplier in the industry.
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. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant.
He lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with his wife and daughter.
Daniel J. Giesecke
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Daniel J. Giesecke is senior vice president and chief operating officer and manages the company’s operational strategy and oversees global operations, advanced manufacturing engineering, and quality assurance at Knowles. Daniel’s leadership creates value by delivering innovative processes and automation to achieve and best-in-class quality 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.
Joseph W. Schmidt
Senior Vice President
Joseph W. Schmidt serves as a senior vice president at Knowles. He will support our legal, governance and compliance functions until May 31, 2014, when he will resume his retirement. Joseph became our senior vice president, general counsel and secretary on December 1, 2013 pursuant to a short-term independent contractor arrangement to guide Knowles through the spin-off from its former parent, prepare Knowles to be a public, NYSE-listed company, and recruit his successor, who now holds those titles.
Joseph joined Dover in 2003 as vice president, general counsel and secretary where he built a growing legal/compliance department, including legal/compliance staff in Shanghai and Sao Paulo regional headquarters. At Dover, he was involved in more than two dozen acquisitions and guided the company leadership through implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank requirements. He also helped improve the company’s governance, resulting in Dover being ranked as one of the top 20 U.S. companies with the best corporate governance scores of more than 4,000 corporations. He retired from Dover as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary on December 31, 2012.
Previously, Joseph was a senior partner at Coudert Brothers LLP and a partner at Breed, Abbott & Morgan LLP. At both firms, he handled corporate, mergers and acquisitions and financial transactions for both U.S. and global international corporations and financial institutions. He served in the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Division from 1969 to 1972.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Bellarmine University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, Far East Division. He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia University. He is a member of both the New York and Illinois bars.
Thomas G. Jackson
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Thomas G. 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.
James F. Wynn
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
James F. Wynn is senior vice president of Global Supply Chain, responsible for overseeing strategic supply chain-management activities, including sourcing and procurement, planning, inventory and global order fulfillment. His team positions the company as a supplier of choice by creating value and was recently recognized as best-in-class by a leading Fortune 50 conglomerate and a third-party consulting firm.
He joined Knowles in 2002 and has helped Knowles achieve unprecedented customer ratings for on-time delivery, increase profitability through inventory optimization and receive several awards for excellence in supply chain operations. Prior to Knowles, James served as vice president of Global Supply Chain of Dover Communication Technologies.
With more than 30 years of operations and supply-chain experience in high-tech, consumer and defense electronics, James’ broad experience includes roles in manufacturing transitions and IT application management. Previously, he held senior leadership positions at 3COM, U.S. Robotics and United Technologies Corporation. He is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
He has served on the board of TravelinWheels, LLC, a startup focused on providing access to travel for the handicapped. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Gettysburg College and received his MBA degree in business administration from the University of Bridgeport.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and has three sons.