Fortive Leadership Team

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Corporate Leaders

Jim Lico
, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jim Lico

As founding president and chief executive officer, Jim drives Fortive’s overall vision, drawing on two decades of deep experience at Danaher.

Jim is deeply committed to the development of Fortive’s people, in a dynamic culture of unending learning and growth. He joined Veeder-Root in 1996 and was tapped for roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed executive vice president and member of the Danaher office of the chief executive. His multi-industry responsibilities focused on test and measurement, transportation technologies and industrial technologies.

Jim has also had corporate responsibility for Danaher corporate procurement and served as executive leader for the emerging market regional boards of China, Japan, India and Middle East. Jim ran DBS from 2004 to 2005 and ensures that its key principles continue to inspire the Fortive Business System.

"We are building an exciting, enduring company where every team member contributes to our shared purpose and our continued growth, innovation and strong performance, year after year."

Jim holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a Masters in management from Northwestern University. Jim lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

Chuck McLaughlin
, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Chuck McLaughlin

Chuck leads Fortive’s financial operations and drives the company’s financial planning and M&A agendas.

Prior to Fortive, Chuck served as group Chief Financial Officer of both Danaher’s $4.7B Diagnostics platform and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. He played a key role in several major acquisitions, including IRIS International and MicroScan for Beckman Coulter, Devicor for Leica Biosystems, and Hemocue for Radiometer.

"Business growth and performance are important to our company because results matter. They matter to our shareholders, they matter to our customers, and they matter to our associates."

Chuck previously served as Vice President and CFO of Tektronix, where he led the integration of what is now the Fortive Business System into the company’s financial planning and reporting functions and played a key role in developing talent within the finance function.

Chuck holds a BS in finance from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Willamette University.

Barbara Hulit
, President & CEO, Advanced Healthcare Solutions
Barbara Hulit

Barbara brings vision, experience, and a commitment to innovation to her role leading the Advanced Healthcare Solutions Platform. She also oversees Fortive's data analytics related to our innovation incubator (The Fort), and our work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Barbara originally joined us as President of Fluke in 2005, and was appointed Danaher group executive and corporate officer three years later. Since 2013, she has held roles of increasing scope as Senior Vice President with company-wide responsibility for the Fortive Business System (FBS) office, procurement, IT, high growth markets and innovation.

Barbara previously spent 13 years focusing on strategy and business development at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. She also served in sales and marketing roles with Noxell Corporation, PepsiCo and Marketing Corporation of America.

"You take our great talent base with the power of FBS, and you see extraordinary things happen."

Barbara serves on the board of the Pacific Science Center and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Named one of the top women in STEM for her role in establishing the Washington STEM Center, she is passionate about driving STEM education from an early age, particularly for girls. She earned her BBA in marketing from the University of Texas, Austin and her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.

Barbara lives with her son in the Seattle area, where she enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through hiking, mountain climbing, biking, swimming and running.

Pat Murphy
, President & CEO, Precision Technologies
Pat Murphy

Pat leads Fortive’s Precision Technologies platform. He also oversees our work in China. Pat draws on over 30 years of experience in industrial technologies, and has a strong background in management and technology to drive breakthrough innovation and performance. Previously, Pat served as group president of automation at Danaher.

"I love working with the extraordinary team at Fortive. Our passion for innovation and our culture of continuous improvement set us apart."

Pat began his career at Emerson, where he spent more than 25 years in roles of increasing responsibility, including operations, sales and marketing as well as strategic planning and business development. His leadership roles included responsibility for Emerson’s motor and appliance components businesses. Pat previously spent 3 years as CEO of Nidec Motor Corporation and president of the company’s appliance, commercial and industrial motors business unit.

Pat holds a BS in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from St. Louis University. He lives with his wife and two sons in St. Louis, Missouri, where he serves on the Chancellor’s Council for the University of Missouri as well as several local boards, including United Way and Rebuilding Together.

Jon Schwarz
, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Jon Schwarz

Jon leads M&A and investment activity for Fortive, including transaction sourcing, valuation, due diligence, and negotiations.  He also oversees the tax and treasury functions for Fortive, including all tax strategies, cash management and financing activities.

Jon came to Fortive from Danaher, where he held roles of progressive responsibility on the corporate development team beginning in 2005. He led 50 completed transactions, expanding and shaping the portfolio via new platforms, entry into adjacent markets, bolt-on acquisitions and strategic divestitures. He played a key role in many of Danaher’s largest and most complex transactions, including the acquisitions of Pall, Tektronix and SCIEX, as well as the Reverse Morris Trust of the company’s communications business with NetScout.

Jon is a strong practitioner and leader of the Fortive Business System, driving continuous improvement of the M&A process, and fostering innovation through investments and acquisitions to build competitive advantage and shareholder value.

"I am energized and deeply committed to helping Fortive maximize its unique potential—building upon a foundation of strong businesses united by the Fortive Business System through smart, strategic deployment of capital in M&A."

Jon previously worked in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and JPMorgan Securities. He began his M&A career practicing corporate law. He has a BA in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University, an MA in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University–Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. Jon lives in the Seattle area, where he shares a passion for the outdoors with his wife and three children.

Read Simmons
, Senior Vice President, Strategy
Read Simmons

 
Read leads our global strategic development efforts, including as they relate to our M&A and investment decisions and our organic growth strategies across all our segments.   

Read previously was the President of Vista Consulting Group for Vista Equity Partners, a leading private investment firm focused on software, data, and technology-enabled businesses.  At Vista, Read led the firm’s dedicated internal consulting organization, developing strategies to accelerate growth, organizational capacity, and talent development throughout Vista’s private equity portfolio.  


Prior to joining Vista, Read was a Partner at Bain & Company, where he served as a Director in its Private Equity Practice and led its Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group and its Digital and Advanced Analytics Practice. 

 

"I am excited to work with our global team across Fortive to deliver both the current and next generation of connected software-enabled workflow solutions to our customers to accelerate their success and growth."

 

Read has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.  Read lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and four children.
 

Peter Underwood
, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Peter Underwood

Peter leads Fortive’s global legal organization, including compliance, securities and governance, litigation, labor and employment, M&A, intellectual property and risk capabilities. He also oversees the company’s environment, health and safety and regulatory affairs/quality affairs functions.

Before joining Fortive, Peter served as vice president, general counsel and secretary at Regal Beloit Corporation in Beloit, Wisconsin. He was responsible for all legal activities and staff, and negotiated and closed M&A transactions in jurisdictions around the world to help grow the company from $1.8B to nearly $4B. Peter came to Regal Beloit from the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a partner specializing in M&A, securities laws, reporting compliance and corporate governance.

Peter brings extensive experience with a wide variety of domestic and international corporate transactions, with a focus on advising public and private manufacturing businesses. His leadership and legal expertise ensure Fortive’s strong culture of integrity and compliance.

"Fortive is an exciting company with a strong track record of success. As a legal team, we help its businesses achieve their goals while ensuring safety, effective compliance, and the highest standards of ethics and integrity."

Peter holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in international relations and Soviet studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He studied Russian language and culture at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Peter lives in Duvall, Washington.

Stacey Walker
, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Stacey Walker

Stacey leads Fortive’s talent acquisition, development and retention efforts to help each of our operating companies build extraordinary teams. She is passionate about fully embracing Fortive’s shared purpose and values in every role and at every level, in a dynamic culture where inclusion and diversity make teams stronger, and employees are empowered to contribute in meaningful ways.

Prior to Fortive, Stacey spent 10 years at Danaher in a number of roles with increasing scope. She supported Danaher’s industrial technologies and environmental segments before being tapped to lead global talent management. In this role, she cultivated companywide talent strategies, including learning and talent development, performance management and succession planning. Stacey previously held leadership HR roles at Honeywell International.

“There’s an expectation that people can achieve extraordinary things here. You are given—in some cases—really tough objectives to hit. What’s interesting is to see that most often people rise to the occasion and accomplish things that perhaps they never would have thought achievable when they started the journey.”

Stacey has a BA in history and political science from the University of Windsor, Ontario. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and son.

Chris Mulhall
, Chief Accounting Officer
Chris Mulhall

Chris leads Fortive’s accounting and reporting functions with responsibility for accounting policies and procedures, external and SEC reporting, management and performance reporting and global financial planning and analysis.  Chris has rich experience with the Fortive Business System and a long history of driving continuous improvement throughout the enterprise.  

Prior to his appointment as Chief Accounting Officer, Chris held financial leadership roles with Fortive and Danaher, most recently as CFO of our Sensing Technologies Group where our operating companies experienced a multi-year expansion of operating margins and free cash flow.  Outside of Fortive and Danaher, Chris held financial leadership roles of increasing responsibility primarily with 3M and PwC.  

“At Fortive, our strong and trustworthy financial systems enable extraordinary results and directly contribute to the value we create for our teams, customers and shareholders.”

Chris holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a BS in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chris lives in the Seattle area with his family.  

Victor Fetter, III
, Chief Information Officer
Victor Fetter

Victor Fetter is a digital leader with proven success navigating through technology and business disruption. He has over 25 years of experience using technology to strategically grow and transform global businesses. His experience spans the financial services, manufacturing, high-tech, and professional services sectors.

As Fortive’s Chief Information Officer for Fortive, he is responsible for all aspects of technology for this industrial technology company. As a partner to the portfolio companies, he is developing the platforms of the future and deploying digital capabilities that enables a continued competitive edge. 

“Fortive recognizes the power of technology to create deeper customer relations, facilitate growth, and accelerate innovation. I am honored to have the privilege of working with talented engineers who are focused on using advanced technology capabilities to deliver value.”

Victor recently stewarded the digital transformation of Vertiv, a private-equity backed provider of critical infrastructure. Prior to his role at Vertiv, Victor was Chief Information Officer at LPL Financial, a leader in the retail financial advice market that services approximately $535 billion in assets where he developed and executed a private cloud based digital strategy.  Previously, as CIO of Dell’s online division, he led the digital transformation of a $20 billion e-commerce channel.  

Victor holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Spring Hill College. He currently serves on Oracle’s customer advisory board and is a Tricentis growth advisory board member. Victor is also a community advocate and previously served on the Board of Directors for three nonprofits.  He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  

Board of Directors

James A. Lico
Jim Lico


As Fortive’s founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lico drives Fortive’s overall vision, drawing on two decades of deep experience at Danaher.

Jim is uniquely positioned to build extraordinary teams for extraordinary results at Fortive. He joined Danaher in 1996 as Vice President Operations of Veeder-Root in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and was tapped for roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed Danaher Executive Vice President and member of the Danaher Office of the Chief Executive. During his tenure, his multi-industry responsibilities focused on test and measurement, transportation technologies and industrial technologies.

Jim has also had corporate responsibility for Danaher Corporate Procurement and served as Danaher’s executive leader for the Emerging Market Regional Boards of China, Japan, India and Middle East. Jim ran the Danaher Business System (DBS) from 2004 to 2005 and will ensure that its key principles continue to guide the Fortive Business System (FBS).

“I am committed to building the Fortive and FBS culture and ensuring the company exceeds our customers, shareholders and employees’ expectations.”

Prior to Danaher, Jim held positions of progressively broader scope at AlliedSignal and General Motors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of NetScout Systems, a publicly traded network technology company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University. Jim lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Maureen and three children.

Feroz Dewan

Feroz Dewan has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2016. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arena Holdings Management LLC, an investment holding company since 2016. From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Dewan served in a series of positions with Tiger Global Management, an investment firm with approximately $20 billion under management across public and private equity funds. From 2002 to 2003, he also served as a Private Equity Associate at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments in technology and related industries.

Mr. Dewan has experience in the technology industry and technology-related companies, including extensive experience in valuation, investments and acquisitions, financial reporting, risk management, corporate governance, capital allocation, and operational oversight.  and areas of financial matters, such as risk management and corporate governance. 

Sharmistha Dubey

Sharmistha Dubey has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2020.  Ms. Dubey currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Match Group, Inc., overseeing growth for the portfolio of brands including Tinder, Match, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, Pairs, PlentyOfFish, and OurTime.  Prior to Ms. Dubey’s current role, she has served in various senior leadership positions at Match Group, Inc. since 2006, including as Match Group's President, Chief Operating Officer of Tinder, President of Match Group Americas, Chief Product Officer of Match, and Chief Product Officer and EVP of The Princeton Review.  Ms. Dubey holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Engineering from Ohio State University.

 

Daniel L. Comas

Daniel L. Comas has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2021.  Mr. Comas served as Executive Vice President of Danaher Corporation from April 2005 through December 2020, including as Chief Financial Officer through December 2018. Mr. Comas joined Danaher in 1991 and had served in various roles at Danaher, including in roles with responsibilities over corporate development, treasury, finance and risk management. Mr. Comas currently serves as an advisor to Danaher and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  Mr. Comas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Kate D. Mitchell

Kate D. Mitchell has served as a partner and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies, since 1997. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mitchell served with Bank of America, a multinational banking and financial services corporation, from 1988 to 1996, most recently as Senior Vice President for Bank of America Interactive Banking. Ms. Mitchell currently serves on the boards of directors of Silicon Valley Bank, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and other private company boards on behalf of Scale Venture Partners.

Ms. Mitchell has over 35 years of extensive experience in the technology industry, with a focus on innovative software and technology markets. In addition, she has deep experience as a director, investor, and senior executive in the areas of business management and operations, finance, financial reporting, risk management, investment and acquisition strategy, and executive compensation.

Rejji P. Hayes

Rejji P. Hayes has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2020.  Since 2017, Mr. Hayes has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), a publicly traded electric and natural gas company. As CMS Energy’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hayes oversees all treasury, tax, investor relations, accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal controls and compliance, and mergers and acquisitions for CMS Energy Corporation. Mr. Hayes also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of EnerBank USA®, a CMS Energy subsidiary and nationwide provider of home improvement loans.  Prior to joining CMS Energy Corporation, Mr. Hayes served as the Chief Financial Officer of ITC Holdings Corp, a publicly traded electric transmission company, from 2014 to 2016 and as its Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining ITC Holdings Corp., Mr. Hayes held strategy and financial leadership roles for Exelon Corporation, Lazard Freres & Co., and Banc of America Securities.  Mr. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s degree in business from Harvard Business School.

In addition to his strong knowledge of the power and energy sector, Mr. Hayes brings extensive experience in finance, capital markets, accounting and financial reporting, valuation, mergers & acquisitions, risk management, ESG and regulatory matters, and corporate governance.
 

 

Jeannine P. Sargent

Jennine P. Sargent has served on Fortive’s Board of Directors since 2019. Ms. Sargent has served as an operating partner of Katalyst Ventures, an early-stage technology venture fund, since 2018.  Ms. Sargent has also served as a senior advisor at Generation Investment Management, LLP since 2017 and as an advisor at Breakthrough Energy Ventures since 2018, each an investment venture focused on sustainable innovation. Previously, Ms. Sargent served as president of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex, a leader in global design and manufacturing, from 2012 until 2017. Prior to joining Flex, Ms. Sargent served as the chief executive officer at Oerlikon Solar, a thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic module manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Oerlikon, a publicly-traded Swiss company, and Voyan Technology, an embedded systems software provider. Ms. Sargent is also a director and an audit committee member of Synopsys, Inc., a publicly-traded electronic design automation company, a director and a member of the audit committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee of Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, and a director and chair of the nominating and governance committee of Proterra Inc., a commercial vehicle electrification technology company. Ms. Sargent was also a director at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. from 2017 to 2020, serving on the compensation and nominating and governance committees. She also currently serves on several investment and advisory boards and is on the board of trustees at Northeastern University. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and certificates from the executive development programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard University and Stanford University and CERT certificate of cyber risk oversight from National Association of Corporate Directors in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.

Ms. Sargent has over 30 years of experience encompassing leadership, operations, marketing and engineering roles with a diverse mix of high technology hardware and software companies across multiple industries. In addition, Ms. Sargent has significant experience with development and global launch of disruptive technology, executing investment and acquisition strategies, corporate governance, cybersecurity, sustainable innovation and executive compensation.
 

Alan G. Spoon
, Chairman

Alan G. Spoon has served as Fortive’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. In addition, Mr. Spoon served as a Partner of Polaris Partners, a company that invests in private technology and life science firms, from 2000 to 2018, including as Managing General Partner from 2000 to 2010 and as Partner Emeritus from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Spoon is also a member of the board of directors of each of Danaher Corporation, IAC/InterActiveCorp., and Match Group, Inc.  In addition, Mr. Spoon previously served as a director of Cable One, Inc., a public company, until February 2021.  In addition to his prior leadership role at Polaris Partners, Mr. Spoon previously served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of one of the country’s largest, publicly-traded education and media companies.

Mr. Spoon's public and private company leadership experience gives him insight into business strategy, leadership, marketing, finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and board management. His public company and private equity experience gives him insight into trends in the internet and technology industries, acquisition strategy, and financing, each of which represents an area of key strategic opportunity for Fortive.