Patrick O’Brien New VP/GM of Speedline Technologies, ITW Electronic Assembly Equipment Businesses

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Despatch Thermal Processing Technology

Pat O’Brien, Vice President/General Manager of ITW Thermal Processing, will be taking the helm at Speedline Technologies effective January 1, 2015, it is announced today. Pat will succeed Scott Koizumi, who, after seven successful years as VP/General Manager of Speedline, is stepping up to assume new responsibilities as VP/General Manager in the ITW Food Equipment Group. ITW Food Equipment Group manufactures products for the foodservice and food retail industry.

In assuming the management of Speedline, Pat becomes Vice President and General Manager of the ITW Electronic Assembly Equipment companies, which include Despatch Industries, a manufacturer of industrial ovens and furnaces; Vitronics Soltec and Speedline Electrovert, manufacturers of mass soldering equipment; and Speedline Technologies, manufacturer of MPM printing and Camalot dispensing equipment. Pat joined ITW in 2012. He reports to David Samyn, Group President- Electronic Assembly Equipment and Consumables at ITW.]

In making the announcement, David Samyn stated, “We thank Scott Koizumi for his dynamic leadership of Speedline, and we wish him continued success in his new ITW challenges. Pat O’Brien has demonstrated strong management skills, proven strategic capability, and ability to drive organizational execution and continuous improvement.  We look forward to his leadership as we move into a new phase of global expansion and leverage of critical mass in our electronics assembly equipment businesses.”

Prior to joining ITW, Pat held roles at ADC Telecommunications (now TE Connectivity) between 1993 and 2010 including seven years as President of +$1B Connectivity Business Unit. Pat provided leadership to a 6,000+ person global design and manufacturing organization conducting business in 140+ countries.  Pat holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

About Speedline Technologies

Speedline Technologies, a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (NYSE: ITW), is the global leader in process knowledge, services and manufacture of capital equipment used in the printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA, with Electrovert manufacturing based in Camdenton, Missouri, the company markets four best-in-class brands: MPM stencil and screen printing systems; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering and cleaning equipment; and Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment.