Rodney L. Bingham President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Rodney L. Bingham has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2009. He joined Thermon in April 1971 and has over 40 years of experience in various senior management roles within the Company. Under Mr. Bingham's leadership, the Company completed its IPO in May 2011. Mr. Bingham has been instrumental in the development and introduction of several key heat tracing products which advanced the state of the industry, including the first parallel resistance, cut-to-length heating cables and the first pipe-mounted power termination assemblies in the industry. Mr. Bingham has been involved in the IEEE since 1974, and has been a member of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee within the IEEE for over 15 years. He also served on the Power Engineering Society Working Group for the Development of Heat Tracing Standards (IEEE 622). Among other qualifications, Mr. Bingham brings to the Board extensive executive leadership experience in the heat tracing industry and an invaluable, in-depth knowledge of the Company and our industry, operations and business plans.
George P. Alexander Executive Vice President, Global Sales
George P. Alexander joined Thermon in August 1971 working in the production department. He then spent time in various senior management roles before accepting the role of Senior Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere in 2005. Mr. Alexander assumed responsibility for the Company's global sales and marketing effort in his current role as Executive Vice President, Global Sales in 2011. During Mr. Alexander's tenure with the Company, he established the Company as the primary supplier for heat tracing systems to the nuclear power generation industry and co-authored IEEE 622 "IEEE Recommended Practice for the Design and Installation of Electric Pipe Heating Systems for Nuclear Power Generating Stations" published in 1979. Mr. Alexander initiated the formation of Thermon's Customer Advisory Council. This Council consists of twelve representatives of major corporations from the refining and chemical industries. They, along with the Company's Distributor Council, provide management with essential feedback regarding current and future industry practices and needs. Mr. Alexander holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Texas State University.
Jay C. Peterson Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Finance, and Secretary
Jay C. Peterson joined Thermon in July 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Thermon, Mr. Peterson held positions as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Senior Director of Finance, Secretary and Treasurer at Forgent Networks, Inc, a NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Peterson started with Forgent Networks in 1995 and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2001. Before joining Forgent Networks, Mr. Peterson was Assistant Controller in Dell Computer Corporation's $1B Direct division. He also spent 11 years in various financial management positions with IBM Corporation. Mr. Peterson holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
René van der Salm Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Johannes (René) van der Salm joined Thermon in October 2001 as European Logistics Manager. In 2006, Mr. van der Salm was promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing and Logistics. During that period he divided his time between the U.S. and European operations. In 2007, Mr. van der Salm relocated to the United States and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations. He has been instrumental in the global implementation of the Company's ERP software. In 2011, Mr. van der Salm was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Operations. Mr. van der Salm holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Amsterdam Technical University. After fulfilling his military service, he worked as Sales Engineer, Project Manager and Production Manager in supplying the petrochemical industry prior to joining Thermon.