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Top 75: Public companies CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 29, 2011

Al Angrisani
CEO, Harris Interactive Inc.
Angrisani was named CEO on July 13. He also is chairman and CEO of Angrisani Turnarounds LLC, an advisory firm for underperforming companies.

Angrisani was president and CEO of Harris Interactive once before, from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Total Research Corp. from July 1998 through the company’s merger with Harris Interactive in November 2001. Earlier in his career, Angrisani served as assistant secretary of labor in the Reagan administration and as a vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

Ursula Burns
Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp.
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a summer intern in mechanical engineering and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, she led several business teams, including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president for corporate strategic services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox’s global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery.

Burns was named president in April 2007. She also was elected to the company’s board of directors. She was named CEO in July 2009 and chairman in May 2010.

Arunas Chesonis
Chairman and CEO, Paetec Holding Corp.
Chesonis began his career at Rochester Telephone Corp. and went on to serve as president of ACC Corp., leading the company until it was purchased by TCG/ATT in 1998.

He has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award and is a member of the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. He is co-director of the Sustainable Energy Revolution Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as a trustee of the Harley School, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester.

Chesonis holds a B.S. in civil engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Craig Dubow
Chairman and CEO, Gannett Co. Inc.
Dubow became chairman in July 2006, one year after he had been named president and CEO. He had joined Gannett in 1981 in advertising sales for KUSA-TV in Denver. He held various positions at KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and he was named president and general manager in 1990. In 1992, he became president and general manager of Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, WXIA-TV. Dubow was executive vice president of Gannett Television from 1996 to 2000. He was named president of Gannett Broadcasting in 2000, adding CEO to his title in 2001.

Dana Gavenda
President and CEO, Fairport Savings Bank
Gavenda was elected president and CEO in 2001. He began his career at Rochester Community Savings Bank in 1973 as a management trainee and later was named vice president for retail sales and service for Central Trust Co. In 1986, Gavenda joined First Federal Savings as corporate vice president and region manager, with responsibility for a 37-branch network in Upstate New York. Immediately before joining Fairport Savings Bank, Gavenda managed retail banking operations for Wyoming County Bank as vice president and branch administrator.

A native of Albion, Gavenda earned a B.S. degree at SUNY College at Brockport and holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Barry Gilbert
Chairman and CEO, IEC Electronics Corp.
Gilbert has been a director of IEC Electronics since 1993 and board chairman since February 2001. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Gilbert previously was president of the thermal management group of Spirent PLC and corporate vice president and president of the analytical products division of Milton Roy Co., a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation.

Gilbert has served on the advisory boards for a number of local small companies and on fundraising committees for several charitable organizations.

He has an MBA from the Simon School and a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University.

Robert Gross
Chairman and CEO, Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
Gross became president and CEO of Monro Muffler Brake in 1999 and was appointed chairman and CEO in 2007. Before that he was president and CEO of Tops Appliance City Inc., a position he took in 1995.

From 1990 to 1994, he held senior management positions with Eye Care Centers of America Inc., including president and chief operating officer. From 1987 to 1990, he was an independent consultant. Gross was a manager of pension investments at American Can Co. from 1984 to 1987, and from 1981 to 1984 he worked for Ernst & Young LLP.

Gross has a B.S. and an MBA in accounting from SUNY Buffalo.

Charles Hadeed
President and CEO, Transcat Inc.
Hadeed became president and CEO of Transcat in May 2007. Since 2002, he had held the position of chief operating officer and of vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

Before joining Transcat in 2002, he was vice president of the health care ventures group with Henry Schein Inc. Before that he served as group vice president of operations at Del Laboratories Inc. Hadeed served in various executive positions during a 20-year career at Bausch & Lomb Inc., including vice president of global lens care operations, president of the oral care division, vice president of operations for the personal products division and vice president and controller of the personal products division.

Hadeed serves on the board of directors of Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc. and Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University.

Peter Humphrey
President and CEO, Financial Institutions Inc.
Humphrey has been with Financial Institutions since 1986 and has been president and CEO since 1994. He also is president and CEO of Five Star Bank, and he serves as a director of Five Star Bank, Financial Institutions Inc. and Five Star Investment Services, Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of FII.

Humphrey, a native of Warsaw, graduated from Trinity College. He earned a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Humphrey is on the state Banking Department board and is a former director of the Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is chairman of the Genesee Regional Commission of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and serves on the New York State Council of Parks. He is a director and past chairman of the New York Bankers Association and former president of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State. Humphrey is chairman of the New York Bankers Retirement System.

Richard Kaplan
CEO, Torvec Inc.
Kaplan has been president and CEO of Pictometry International Corp., president of Richland Industries Inc., chairman and co-founder of Resnick Media Associates Inc., chairman and co-founder of Blanton Communications Inc., president of RAK Realty Corp., chairman and founder of WorkSmart International Inc. and chairman and founder of Maxim Group Inc.

He is the chairman of the board of advisers for the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, vice president of the Rochester Angel Investment Network, a board member of the high-tech incubator at RIT, a trustee of Nazareth College and a member of the University of Rochester’s Venture Development Advisory Board.

He attended RIT and SUNY Buffalo, where he majored in accounting and minored in economics.

Kraig Kayser
President and CEO, Seneca Foods Corp.
Kayser has been president and CEO since 1993 and was vice president and chief financial officer from 1991 to 1993. He was vice president of J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. from 1989 to 1991 and assistant vice president before 1989.

He is a director and chairman of the audit committee of Moog Inc., trustee and chairman of the endowment committee of Rochester Institute of Technology, an advisory council member for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and past president of the Harley School board of trustees.

Kayser holds a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College and an MBA in finance from Cornell University.

James Lines
President and CEO, Graham Corp.
Lines became president and CEO in January 2008; he had been president and chief operating officer since June 2006. Lines joined Graham in 1984 and also has been its vice president and general manager, vice president of engineering and vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining the management team, he served as an application engineer, a sales engineer and a product supervisor.

Lines holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from SUNY Buffalo.

Jeffrey Markin
President and CEO, VirtualScopics Inc.
Markin was appointed president and CEO in August 2006. He had joined the company as chief operating officer in May 2006 after 26 years at Eastman Kodak Co.

At Kodak, Markin’s last position was general manager of output systems and mammography solutions for the health group and a corporate officer. Previously, he held leadership positions in the document imaging business, including vice president of marketing for the U.S. and Canada, global general manager of the output business and general manager of the Asia-based services business.

Markin also has served on the board of directors for Hermes Precisa Australia, the leading document services company in that country.

He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business.

Anthony Mazzullo
President and CEO, Veramark Technologies Inc.
Mazzullo was appointed president and CEO in January 2008. He had been senior vice president of the company.

In 1999, Mazzullo established and served as president and CEO of eTrack Solutions Inc., a professional services company. After eTrack Solutions was sold in 2001 to Manchester Technologies Inc., he continued to serve as president of the Manchester software division.

A Rochester native, Mazzullo is on the board of directors of the Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in accounting/finance from the Simon Graduate School of Business.

Martin Mucci
President and CEO, Paychex Inc.

Mucci was named president and CEO in 2010. He had joined the company in 2002 as senior vice president of operations.

Before joining Paychex, Mucci was CEO of Frontier Telephone of Rochester and president of telephone operations for Frontier Communications, with responsibility for sales, operations, customer service and financial performance of Frontier’s 34 local telephone companies.

Mucci holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College and is current chairman of its board of trustees. He also has an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business.

Mucci is a member of the board of directors of CBeyond Inc. which provides managed communications and information technology services to small businesses. He also is chairman of the Catholic Family Center’s board of governors.

Antonio Perez
Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Co.
Perez joined the company as chairman and CEO in April 2003, overseeing Kodak’s transition from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies. Perez previously was president and CEO of Gemplus International, where he led the effort to take the company public.

Before that, Perez worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. for 25 years in various capacities, including corporate vice president, president of HP’s consumer business and president and CEO of HP’s inkjet imaging business. He was a member of HP’s executive council.

Perez is a member of the board of directors of Schering-Plough Corp., chairman of the Diversity Best Practices CEO Diversity Initiative and a member of the Business Council. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable, chairman of the consumer health and retirement initiative and a member of its executive committee. Perez is a member of the board of trustees of the George Eastman House.

An American citizen born in Spain, Perez studied electronic engineering, marketing and business in Spain and France.

Edward Pettinella
President and CEO, Home Properties Inc.
Pettinella became president and CEO in 2004. He joined the company in 2001 as an executive vice president and director.

From 1997 to 2001, he was president of Charter One Bank of New York and executive vice president of Charter One Financial Inc. From 1981 through 1997, Pettinella held managerial positions at Rochester Community Savings Bank, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Prior to 1981, he worked in the treasurer’s office at Ford Motor Credit headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

Pettinella is on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance, National Multi Housing Council and Syracuse University School of Business and is a member of the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is also a member of Urban Land Institute.

Pettinella is a graduate of SUNY College at Geneseo and holds an MBA in finance from Syracuse University.

Michael Popielec
President and CEO, Ultralife Corp.
Popielec became president and CEO and a director of the company on Dec. 30. He has 25 years of experience in domestic and international industrial businesses. Prior to joining Ultralife, Popielec had been group president for applied technologies at Carlisle Cos. Inc. and chief operating officer, Americas, for Danka Business Systems PLC.

From 1985 to 2002, Popielec held positions of increasing responsibility at General Electric Co., most recently as a corporate officer and president and CEO of GE Power Controls, the European arm of GE Industrial Systems.

Popielec has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Michael Reed
CEO, GateHouse Media Inc.
Reed became CEO of GateHouse Media in February 2006. He had been president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. since 1999 and its chief financial officer from 1997 to 1999. Before that he worked for Park Communications Inc., a media company based in Ithaca.

Reed currently is chairman of the board of directors for the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Robert Sands
President and CEO, Constellation Brands Inc.
Sands joined Constellation Brands in 1986 as general counsel overseeing the company’s legal affairs, particularly acquisitions. He became president and CEO in 2007. He is also a member of Constellation’s board of directors.

Prior to joining Constellation, Sands was an associate with the Rochester law firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery.

Sands is chairman of the board of the New York Wine & Culinary Center, a member of the board of trustees of the Rochester General Health System, a member of the board and executive committee of the Rochester Business Alliance, and a member of the board of trustees of Thompson Health. In 2008, he was named an inaugural member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Upstate Regional Advisory Board.

William Schmitz
CEO, Arista Power Inc.
Schmitz joined Arista when the company went public in November 2009, bringing an extensive management and engineering background.

From 2002 until joining Arista, Schmitz was chief operating officer of Ultralife Corp. Prior to joining Ultralife, he was director of new product development for Bausch & Lomb’s global eyewear business, which included the Ray-Ban brand, from 1995 to 1999.

Schmitz holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in operations management from the University of Rochester.

John Slusser
Chairman, president and CEO, PT
Slusser is a founder of PT and has been president and CEO since 2006. He has been a director since the company’s formation in 1981 and its chairman of the board since 2001. From 1981 through 1995, Slusser held various operational management positions within PT, including president and CEO, and from 2003 to 2005 he was chief strategic officer.

From 1995 until 2000, he was chairman of the board and CEO of InformationView Solutions Corp. Since 2000, Slusser has also served as president of Radio Daze LLC, a vintage electronics company.

Prior to founding PT, Slusser worked in research and development at Computer Consoles Inc., now a division of Nortel Networks. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Paul Travers
CEO, president and director, Vuzix Corp.
Travers was the founder of Vuzix and has served as president and CEO and as a member of the board of directors since 1997. Prior to the formation of Vuzix, Travers founded e-Tek Labs Inc. and Forte Technologies Inc.

Travers has more than 20 years’ experience in consumer electronics and 13 years in the fields of virtual reality and virtual display. He holds an associate’s degree in engineering science from SUNY College of Technology at Canton and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.

James Wemett
Interim president and CEO, NaturalNano Inc.
Wemett is an experienced entrepreneur and consultant who has been involved in the formation and growth of numerous private and public companies. From July 2007 until November 2008, Wemett was a member of NaturalNano’s board of directors.

In 1975, Wemett started ROC Communications Inc., a retail distributor of electronics products, which was sold in 2001. Wemett has been a director of Technology Innovations LLC since its inception in 1999 and has served on the board of OncoVista LLC since June 2007. He has been an active fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.

Patrick White
CEO, Document Security Systems Inc.
White was among the founders of Document Security Systems and was named to his current position in August 2002. He has held executive and financial positions at Citizens Bank and has owned and operated several commercial print manufacturing and e-commerce companies.

He has worked on research and development of document security technologies since 1990 and began marketing security print products in 1994. White sits on several boards of directors and holds a B.S. in accounting and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

7/29/11 (c) 2011 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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