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Our Leaders

Meet Cadence's Leadership Team

Cadence President and CEO, Rob Werge.

Rob Werge

President and Chief Executive Officer

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and later attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development. My professional experience includes more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing processing and contract manufacturing industry with a focus on custom products in a business-to-business environment. 

I began my career at Nypro, a contract manufacturer of precision plastic products for health care and other markets.  I spent my early tenure there in operations and preproduction with a focus on automation, tooling, program management and lean manufacturing. I later moved into business development, becoming Global Business Unit manager for the Consumer/Industrial markets and then VP of Sales for the Americas region.  I also led Nypro’s Consumer/Electronics business in the Americas region and later assumed responsibility for the India operations.  Most recently, I spent the past seven years as VP and General Manager at Phillips-Medisize leading the commercial business unit.

Cadence CFO, Ken Cleveland.

Ken Cleveland

Chief Financial Officer

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech and was fortunate enough during my college days to spend a summer working for a small start-up company called Specialty Blades. 

After graduation, I was lured by the bright lights of “big company” life and went to work for Westinghouse in Aiken, SC.  However, the desire to work for a small company again never went away and after going back to school and receiving an MBA from the University of South Carolina, I returned back to Staunton, Virginia to work for Specialty Blades, now Cadence, in 1996 as Controller and several years later became the Chief Financial Officer.

Cadence VP Sales & Business Development, Jeff Kelly.

Jeff Kelly

Vice President, Sales and Business Development

I have 20+ years in the medical device and life science industry in roles across many functions and geographies.  My career began in management consulting that included advising companies on how to adopt new technologies and channels to market, as well as conducting economic analysis for companies in a variety of industries.  In 2003, I made the transition from management consulting to healthcare with Medrad, a medical device company based in Pittsburgh.  Over the past fifteen years, the focus of my career has been to help healthcare organizations grow.  I have held global roles in business development, marketing, sales management and product development with MEDRAD, Bayer Healthcare, Quest Diagnostics and Immunetrics.  During this time, I have managed the launch of several medical device and diagnostic products in the U.S. and international markets.  I joined Cadence in 2015 and continue to enjoy working in healthcare, knowing that the work that we do, and the devices that we manufacture, have a very profound impact on people’s lives.

I am originally from Denver but have lived in several places during my lifetime.  I studied finance and management at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and I received my MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University. I have also lived in Washington DC and spent three years in the Netherlands for an ex-pat assignment, but Pittsburgh has been home to me and my family for the past twenty years.

Cadence VP Pre-Production, Andy Becker.

Andy Becker

Vice President, Pre-Production

I received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Minnesota and have over 30 years of contract manufacturing experience, ranging between operations leadership and engineering leadership in large multi-national organizations.  The last half of my career has been focused on medical devices, surgical instruments, drug delivery devices, and medical diagnostics.

As Vice President of Pre-Production, I am responsible for the Engineering team driving innovation, quoting, project execution, and launch of new products into manufacturing.  I enjoy collaborating with customers to ensure project deliverables, technical capabilities, and project leadership are aligned with our customers' expectations.

Cadence VP Operations, Chris McHugh.

Chris McHugh

Vice President, Operations

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from Michigan Technological University, summa cum laude, and then attended the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where I earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. I completed my formal education at Columbia Business School several years later with an executive certification in International Finance and Business.

I started my career with General Motors as an Engineering intern while still in graduate school. I then held positions of increasing responsibility in operations management, quality, engineering, and general management in multiple companies, most notably Ford Motor Company. I studied Six Sigma at Ford and worked as one of Ford’s first Master Black Belts. Most recently, I led the global operations and supply chain for Amcor Healthcare Packaging, which served the world’s largest life science companies with sterile barrier packaging. With over 25 years of experience, I have led supply chains, quality organizations, and operations all over the world, including Malaysia, China, the U.K., Ireland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the United States.

I joined Cadence in late 2019 and am excited to help the company grow in part through world-class operational excellence and collaborative leadership.

Cadence VP HR, Keri Rankin.

Keri Rankin

Vice President, Human Resources

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters of Education in Human Resource Development from James Madison University.  I have over 15 years experience in Human Resources with a focus in manufacturing.

Not long after finishing my undergraduate degree, I started my career at a company in Waynesboro, Virginia and discovered that I had a passion for manufacturing to go along with my passion for people.  I was incredibly thankful to find a home at Cadence in 2011, and I’ve had fun working with the Cadence team to grow and expand the Human Resources function ever since.

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