Executive Leadership Team Bios
Ms. Ackerson earned a BBA in Transportation/Logistics from Iowa State University, and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Sammy Antoun re-joined Dresser-Rand in December 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, Middle East and North Africa Operations. He is responsible for all Dresser-Rand activities in that region. Mr. Antoun spent 30 years with the company in a variety of positions and brings his unique understanding of the Company and its clients to this region. His most recent position with D-R was Executive Vice President, responsible for sales in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Eurasia. Prior to that position, he served as the Executive V.P. for the former Compression Services Division located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and also worked as the President of D-R's worldwide sales division based in Houston, Texas. In addition to assignments in the U.S., Mr. Antoun has lived and worked in France, Egypt, Tulsa, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Antoun has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Brno in the former Czechoslovakia.
Mr. Brady has a diverse background in information technology and business systems implementations. Prior to working for Dresser-Rand, he was employed by ConocoPhillips, an integrated energy company, as the Program Director responsible for the redesign and standardization of processes for the global supply chain management system. Before ConocoPhillips, he was the Chief Information Officer at National Oilwell, an oil services company engaged in oil and gas drilling and production where he was a CIO responsible for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for their global distribution business. Mr. Brady was also the director of a software and consulting services company implementing manufacturing and financial systems at a variety of large manufacturing and distribution companies. His previous experience includes seven years as the Management Information Systems (MIS) Manager at TRW Electronic Products, a space and defense contractor. He has over 25 years of experience as an implementation project leader and programmer with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that integrate manufacturing, finance, planning, supply chain and other administrative functions.
Mr. Brady received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado.
Raymond L. Carney joined Dresser-Rand in August 2008 as Corporate Controller and was elected to the position of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in November 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Carney worked for Alcoa, Inc., an aluminum producer, between 2002 to 2008, where he was Group Controller from 2006 to 2008 for a $10 billion global division and headquartered in New York City and previously served as Manager of Financial Transactions and Policy. Prior to his time with Alcoa, he spent 13 years with Ernst & Young, a big four public accounting firm, in their Pittsburgh office serving a variety of clients including several that were publicly owned. Mr. Carney is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a BS from Penn State University.
Pierre Dumas was named Dresser-Rand’s Vice President, Strategic Business Development and Commercialization in January 2014. Previously, Mr. Dumas served as Dresser-Rand’s Vice President European Operations since January 2013. Mr. Dumas joined Dresser-Rand in July 1993 as Project Manager. He then progressed through a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Management, Sales and Operations within the Company’s European and North American operations.
For 5 years prior to joining Dresser-Rand, Mr. Dumas served as Project Manager at Hispano Suiza in Le Havre France. He served the previous 10 years as Deck Officer and Engineer on container ships at Compagnie Générale Maritime.
Mr. Dumas earned a Diplome d’études supérieures de la Marine Marchande Française (French Merchant Navy Upper Degree).
Jim Heid is appointed Senior Vice President responsible for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) worldwide, reporting to Jerry Walker. Jim is the most experienced leader we have on CAES; he has nurtured this market since its early days among other responsibilities, and has already devoted a significant amount of time to successfully promoting our technology, developing the opportunities and establishing key relationships in the industry around the world.
Jim joined the Ingersoll-Rand Company in 1979. He has held positions in both Operations and Sales & Marketing for Dresser-Rand. In 1986, he became responsible for Western United States and Canada of Dresser-Rand Product Services. Since then he has assumed roles of increasing responsibility, including VP Aftermarket Sales for the Western Hemisphere; VP Sales for New Equipment and Aftermarket - eastern half of the United States and Mexico; VP Gulf South Region, Operations and Sales for Southern United States and Latin America; and, most recently, Vice President, Global Business Solutions, responsible for Alliances, Major Solution Activity Worldwide, LNG and High Speed Separable Compressors.
Jim graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and later graduated from the University of Houston Graduate Studies in Executive Development. Jim is a US Marine Corp Veteran and served combat duty in Viet Nam
Pascal Lardy was named Dresser-Rand’s Vice President and General Manager, European Operations in January 2014. He continues to have responsibility for Global Value Engineering. Previously, Mr. Lardy served as Vice President, Technology Development and Commercialization, since February 2012, Dresser-Rand’s Business Development Director, ICS Technology since January 2010. Mr. Lardy joined Dresser-Rand in January 2007 as Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Le Havre Operation in France.
Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, Mr. Lardy held various executive leadership positions in sales and operations at Aircelle, a subsidiary of the SAFRAN group specializing in nacelles (enclosures) for the aircraft industry, and technical and program leadership positions at Goodrich, specializing in servo-controls for the aircraft industry.
Mr. Lardy earned a BSME from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique in Poitiers, France, two BS in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI, a Master’s degree from the von Karman Institute in Belgium, a PhD from UMIST (University of Manchester) in the UK and a PhD from the University of Poitiers in France. Mr. Lardy also earned an MBA (“Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Administration des Entreprises”) from the University of Poitiers.
David Nye has been named as Dresser-Rand’s Vice-President, Technology on January 17, 2014. Previously Dr. Nye served as the Director of Global Research and Development since January 1, 2009.
Dr. Nye has been with Dresser-Rand since 1995 with previous experience at United Technologies/Carrier Corp. and General Motors/Allison Gas Turbine Division. He has held various positions within Dresser-Rand in the areas of Research & Development, Operations Engineering, Process Innovation, and Aftermarket Business Development. He is also the author of several technical papers on Turbomachinery & Combustion.
He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University with a sponsored research fellowship from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and a BSME from Clarkson University.
Christopher Rossi is Executive Vice President, Global Operations, responsible for Dresser-Rand’s Product Manufacturing Operations, comprising all of the company’s manufacturing facilities worldwide. He also has responsibility for certain functional disciplines including Supply Chain Management, Process Innovation, Information Technology and the Company’s Engineering Support Center and Material Logistics Center.
Mr. Rossi has been with Dresser-Rand and its predecessor companies since 1987. He has held various leadership positions within Dresser-Rand in the areas of Engineering, Production, Materials Management and Supply Chain Management. Mr. Rossi served as Vice President, Technology and Business Development from January 1, 2009 to September, 2012. From February 2007 until December 2008, Mr. Rossi was Executive Vice President, Worldwide Product Services. In that role he had worldwide responsibility for sales of aftermarket parts and services. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager, North American Operations, since October 2003, and was responsible for all U.S. plants, and worldwide development engineering. Mr. Rossi served as Vice President and General Manager, Painted Post Operation, from February 2001 to October 2003 and as Vice President, Supply Chain Management Worldwide, from March 1998 to January 2001.
Mr. Rossi earned a BSME from Virginia Tech and an MBA in Corporate Finance and Operations Management from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.
Just prior to joining Dresser-Rand, he served as Vice President and Treasurer at American Household, Inc. (formerly the Sunbeam and Coleman companies) since October 2003. Mr. Saltarelli has 30 years of experience in corporate finance, global capital markets, risk management and cash/banking treasury functions.
From 1976 to 1990, Mr. Saltarelli performed financial audit, planning and treasury roles, each with increasing responsibilities, at J.C. Penney Company, Inc.. Following his time at J.C. Penney, Mr. Saltarelli has held a variety of financial leadership positions including: Assistant Treasurer at Melville Corp. from 1990 to 1992; Director of Capital Markets and Director of International Finance at W.R. Grace & Co. from 1992 to 1995; Director of International and Corporate Finance at Tupperware Corporation from 1996 to 1997; Treasurer at Breed Technologies, Inc. from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2003; and also Vice President and Treasurer at Sunterra Corporation from 1999 to 2000
Mr. Saltarelli obtained a BA in accounting from Seattle University and his MBA from Columbia University, New York. He is accredited as a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) passing both exams.
Jan Kees van Gaalen was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective May 1, 2013. Prior to that he was the Vice President and Treasurer with Baker Hughes Inc., a public company and leading provider of drilling, formation evaluation, completion and production products and services to the oil and gas industry. Mr. van Gaalen’s other previous experience includes four years as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance for PT Inco Tbk based in Jakarta, Indonesia, the publicly traded Indonesian subsidiary of Vale Inco Ltd. Prior to this he held a variety of finance positions with Anglo American plc, Carlton Communications plc and Schlumberger Ltd. in France, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Brazil and South Africa. He speaks English, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and Spanish.
Mr. van Gaalen received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands and his MBA from HEC Management School in France.
Jerry Walker joined Dresser-Rand in September, 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, Americas and Asia Pacific Operations. In September 2012, Mr. Walker was named Executive Vice-President Global Solutions. Global Solutions is responsible for the development and deployment of comprehensive projects and programs to meet client needs and drive growth. The organization includes; Technology Development and Commercialization, Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Development, Regional Business Leadership for Emerging Geographies, and Program Management Operations for execution of large, complex projects and programs.
Previously, Mr. Walker spent 15 years at Honeywell in various senior leadership roles. His most recent position was Vice President of Global Operations from 2005 – 2008 where he led all aspects of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Project Operations for Honeywell’s global industrial automation and control business. Prior to that, he led Honeywell’s Europe, Middle East and Africa industrial business unit for three years as Vice President and General Manager, based in Brussels, Belgium. He also served as Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Business Development and Director of Marketing at Honeywell. He started his career in operations at the BP (formerly Amoco) Whiting Refinery outside Chicago and also worked in Product Marketing at Emerson Electric.
Mr. Walker has a BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Michael R. Wood was named Dresser Rand’s Vice President and Chief Safety Officer effective July 15, 2014. He joined Dresser-Rand in April 2013 serving as the Company’s Health, Safety, & Environment (HSE) Director supporting New Equipment, Business Solutions, and Worldwide Services as well as providing HSE expertise to strategic business units.
Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, Mr. Wood was at Baker Hughes where he served as HSE Director for Global Supply Chain Manufacturing. He has over 25 years of manufacturing and HSE experience. His prior employment also includes 20 years with The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in a variety of manufacturing and HSE leadership roles.
Mr. Wood earned a BS in Chemistry with a secondary concentration in Mathematics from St. Bonaventure University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Texas at Tyler.