When you work with The Lee Company, we want you to feel confident that you are receiving products and services of the utmost quality. That’s why our highly experienced leadership team has strong visibility into everything we do. Get to know these top-notch experts and innovators and the roles they play at The Lee Company.
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Bill is responsible for executive oversight of all financial matters, operations, engineering, management, and production at The Lee Company.
He has worked at The Lee Company full-time for 26 years and during summers back in the 70s. Before joining the company, he spent ten years in commercial lending and worked as a business consultant for five years. After that, he joined The Lee Company working on corporate development and strategic planning before assuming leadership of the Plug and Solenoid Valve Group. In 2005, he became Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer before moving into his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of New Haven, and attended the Stonier School of Banking. He has been an active member of many not-for-profit boards and was recognized as the Greater New Haven YMCA Man of the Year in 1990. He was also inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2017.
Professional associations include serving on the Board of Directors for the University of New Haven Center for Family Business and the Guilford Savings Bank.
Bill is a passionate advocate for private family businesses. His banking and consulting careers were heavily focused on the unique opportunities and challenges of family-owned businesses, mainly due to their long-term focus.
Bill takes great pride in helping his employees succeed. The company is full of people who excel at their jobs and find great personal satisfaction in what they do. This positive workplace culture results from putting the right people in the correct position and giving them the tools to succeed.
For 40+ years, Bill has raced a Laser sailboat each summer. This hobby combines a unique combination of physical exertion, strategic planning, and mental acuity that he finds applies to nearly every business challenge.
Among his favorite Lee products remains the original part sold by the company: the Lee Plug®. The Lee Plug was developed to solve the industry-wide problem of reliably sealing cross-drilled holes, which had existed for years. With its simple design and installation, the Lee Plug is used for mission-critical applications in various industries. The Lee Plug was the basis for all Lee insert designs and continues to grow in importance to the industry today.
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Marietta is responsible for executive oversight of all production operations and legal and regulatory matters at The Lee Company.
Marietta has worked at The Lee Company since 2001, working as Facilities Manager, Vice President of the Restrictor Group, Vice President of the Industrial Microhydraulics (IMH) Group, and Executive Vice President of The Lee Company before moving into her current role.
Before joining the family business, she worked in TV news in various roles, including an on-air correspondent for Court-TV covering the US Supreme Court and Justice Department, Producer for CBS News in its Washington, DC bureau, and Investigative Producer for ABC-owned KTRK in Houston, TX.
She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Catholic University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of New Haven.
Her professional associations include serving on the Yale New Haven Hospital Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the Board of Directors for Essex Savings Bank. She is also a member of the bar for Connecticut, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She has been recognised as Alumni of the Year by both The Country School and the University of New Haven.
Jeff oversees the six hydraulic product groups at The Lee Company. His role includes developing and sharing best practices, managing processes and working toward continuous improvement.
Jeff started as a Project Engineer on the aerospace side of the company in 1982. Jeff and his group of engineers were instrumental in developing new products for the aerospace industry, such as shuttle valves, high pressure components, aerospace solenoid valves and even the Lee Chek® check valve that would spur the start of the Industrial Microhydraulics Group. Along the way, he was awarded co-patents on the Lee MultiSeal® and Lee PLHA high strength plug. Jeff also developed many of the engineering and manufacturing systems and controls used in the aerospace groups.
Before beginning his career at The Lee Company, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Connecticut and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jeff takes pride in mentoring and educating the future leaders of The Lee Company. He has held key positions in community and industry organisations, including serving as President of the Exchange Club of Westbrook/Old Saybrook, Financial Secretary of the Westbrook Foundation and as Panel Chair and Secretary for the SAE A-6 Aerospace Actuation Committee. SAE is a professional association that develops standards for engineering professionals in the aerospace industry. The SAE A-6 Aerospace Actuation Committee addresses all aspects of aerospace flight and utility actuation and control systems as well as fluid power systems. Jeff is also the Assistant Curator of the Museum of Early Engineering Technology, located in Westbrook, CT.
Jeff loves boating and working on boats. He has fished offshore tournaments all over New England and he and his crew hold competition records, including the largest shark (a 472.5 pound Mako) and most sharks tagged in a day (78).
Jeff is also a classically-trained violist and played in the New Haven Youth Symphony and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as a teenager. Today, he’s a guitar player, bass player and singer in the local band “The Take.”
He’s a model rocketeer, proving that he truly is a rocket scientist at heart.
Dan is responsible for overseeing both the Industrial Microhydraulics (IMH) and Electro-Fluidic Systems (EFS) divisions. The IMH division manufactures components for various automotive, off-highway, and industrial applications. The EFS division manufactures components used in medical equipment, diagnostics, and scientific instruments.
Dan supports the teams within each division by looking for ways to continuously improve, advocating for groups, sharing best practices, and innovating new solutions for customers.
Prior to joining The Lee Company, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from RPI at the Hartford Graduate Center with The Lee Company’s Tuition Assistance Plan.
Dan has been with The Lee Company for over 20 years and has experience in both engineering and management roles. Before becoming an Executive Vice President, Dan’s roles included Project Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Vice President of the PRI group, and Vice President of the Screen group.
Dan is very proud of his former Screen group team and their exceptional work on Lights Out Manufacturing (LOM), an automated manufacturing process enabling overnight production. Expanding LOM has benefited The Lee Company by enhancing safety, productivity, quality, and job enrichment. This was a major achievement that Dan oversaw and the efforts continue today in all areas of the company.
As Vice President of Human Resources, Richard oversees all aspects of the employee experience for the more than 1,000 employees at The Lee Company. He also provides executive oversight for strategic staffing plans, compensation and benefits, training and workforce development.
With a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations from LeMoyne College, Richard has worked within The Lee Company’s HR department since 1984. Richard started with The Lee Company when there were approximately 275 employees and has been part of helping it grow to where it is today.
He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE).
As Vice President of Sales, Ed is responsible for The Lee Company’s worldwide sales and marketing organisation – setting key business development and sales initiatives for the organisation, overseeing and managing the domestic technical sales force, the European subsidiaries, and foreign distribution channel partners.
Before starting his full-time career with The Lee Company in 1985, Ed worked as a summer intern in the hydraulic engineering group. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University, Ed began as an Applications Engineer in Westbrook, CT before moving to Los Angeles, CA to become a Technical Sales Engineer responsible for serving and supporting customers in the western states. He was promoted in 1988 and moved to Dallas, TX to become the Central Regional Sales Manager. A few years later, he accepted another promotion, which brought him back to Westbrook to become the Atlantic and Central Regional Sales Manager. He also held the post of Director of Sales for North America, South America, and Asia before his current role as Vice President.
Ed is a member of SAE International, a professional association that develops standards for engineering professionals in the aerospace industry. He is also a board member of all five of The Lee Company’s European subsidiaries.
Ed is passionate about traveling and has visited most of the countries in the world on several occasions, calling on and supporting The Lee Company’s customers across the globe. He is also an avid skier, boater, and motorcycle enthusiast.
Alex is responsible for overseeing all of the financial functions at The Lee Company, including risk management, economic strategy, forecasting and corporate reporting.
Before joining The Lee Company in 2009, Alex spent 25 years working in the Hartford, CT office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), including 12 years as an Assurance Services Partner. In this role, he was responsible for the office’s Private Company Services practice.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from Western New England University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the Emerging Issues Task Force of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
Alex is a huge music fan and regularly enjoys spending time at concerts.
Based in the UK, Peter oversees The Lee Company’s sales organization in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region, and India. This includes the company’s five subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Scandinavia and agents and distributors in Benelux, Israel, and India.
He works with major customers across the territories to provide support and guidance and works closely with country managers.
Peter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lancaster in the UK. Before working at The Lee Company, he worked as a Research Biochemist and later as a Sales Engineer for a company selling scientific and medical equipment, including the first generation DNA and protein synthesizers.
He joined Lee Products Ltd., the UK subsidiary of The Lee Company, in 1984 and was promoted to General Manager in 1989. He was appointed to his position as European Sales Director in 1993 and was directly involved in setting up two Lee European subsidiaries, Lee SRL. in Italy in 1995 and The Lee Company Scandinavia AB in Sweden in 2003.
As General Manager of Lee Company S.A., Thierry is responsible for providing customer support as well as the sale and distribution of Lee products throughout France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and French-speaking Switzerland. He oversees Technical Sales Engineers at offices near Versailles and Toulouse in France as well as in Madrid, Spain.
He has a Master of Science in Engineering from the Polytech School of Orleans in France. Before joining The Lee Company in 1987, he worked for five years at Messier Hispano Bugatti, a world leader and manufacturer of aircraft landing gear systems. Originally a quality control engineer, he became responsible for the inspection department at the company’s Paris plant, which has now become Safran Landing Systems.
One of his best experiences has been to work successfully on the gas spring valves used in Formula 1 engines.
Other projects have led to continuing success with one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of business aircraft, where more than 140 hydraulic components and 500 Lee Plugs are now used on the primary flight control systems of its latest aircraft.
Thierry likes to paint with oil and watercolor, photography, skiing, and driving his old 1961 MGA.
As General Manager of The Lee Company Scandinavia AB, Arvid is responsible for leading the sales and operations of the Lee team serving customers in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Ukraine and Georgia. He also oversees sales for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lunds tekniska Högskola in Lund, Sweden, and joined The Lee Company in 2019. He previously held positions including Country Manager for Danfoss Drives, General Manager for Sumitomo Cyclo Scandinavia and Director Sales and Service, Marketing and Product Management at CG Drives and Automation.
Arvid enjoys exercising, particularly swimming. In his youth, he was an elite swimmer and now competes in Master’s competitions. You can find him in the pool at least 3-4 times each week.
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As General Manager of Lee Hydraulische Miniaturkomponenten GmbH, Juergen is responsible for The Lee Company’s product distribution and customer support in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and parts of Switzerland.
He started at The Lee Company in 1993 as a Technical Sales Engineer and began working as General Manager in 2005.
His favorite Lee product line is the Industrial Microhydraulics 558 Check Valve, which is a game-changer in industrial and automotive hydraulic applications. He also participated in introducing the Industrial Microhydraulics Betaplug® into one of the world’s largest automotive OEM’s oil pump, a multi-country project that lasted several years.
As General Manager of Lee Products Limited, Mike is responsible for providing customer support as well as the sales, marketing and distribution of The Lee Company’s range of products. He oversees all areas of operation for the UK offices, including sales, human resources, staff management, advertising, quality, finance and facilities management.
He graduated with honors from Aston University in Birmingham, England, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining The Lee Company in 1989, he worked as a Project Leader at Lucas Aerospace in the Engine Systems Division, overseeing design and development engineers on fuel pumps and control systems for small gas turbine engines. He took over as General Manager in 1996 and helped grow sales and distribution significantly. Under his guidance, the company achieved accreditation to ISO9001 which they have maintained since 1999.
He is proud of his role in helping with the in-house development and launch of Lee HPHT Pumps. These high pressure, high temperature pumps were released after Mike helped identify a need for oil tool customers that required miniature high pressure hydraulic pumps and took part in in-house development.
Mike enjoys walking and cycling, nature, getting out in the fresh air, and appreciating the countryside.
Stefano is responsible for maintaining excellent relationships with customers and growing sales by seeking potential new business and customers. He takes pride in hiring, training, and supporting engineers and other personnel to provide exceptional customer support.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan before joining The Lee Company in 1999. He also served as the Regional Manager for Lee SRL. before becoming General Manager.
Stefano helped implement the current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for Lee SRL.’s operations, which provided him with a deeper understanding of the operational process improving the efficiency of every single step from start to finish. He believes it gave him a greater insight into how the smallest details are essential to providing the high quality products customers require.