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Dave Wells
VP Finance & CFO

Dave is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities, including ensuring the integrity of Apex Tool Group’s financial reporting. He also oversees the ongoing evaluation and implementation of initiatives to support ATG’s short- and long-term strategic financial objectives.

Prior to the ATG joint venture, Dave served as Vice President of Finance for Danaher Tool Group. Before that, he held several financial leadership positions within the company, most recently as the Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Motion platform. Before joining Danaher, Dave served 19 years in various positions of increasing responsibility at Cooper Cameron’s compression and Cooper Industries’ energy services groups.

Dave holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Grove City (PA) College.

Dave’s favorite Apex Tool Group tools:

My favorite tools are the Cleco® LiveWire™ cordless fastening tools and Global Controller. The wireless intelligence and technology built into the tools are amazing, and a real competitive advantage for ATG.  Being a car enthusiast, I admire the latest offerings from the fine German and U.S. car manufacturers and am proud that our products are utilized in the assembly process for so many of the best brands. 

Stephen Otis
Director, Integration

Stephen is responsible for the integration of business processes, including product development, engineering and pricing, across all Apex Tool Group brands.

Stephen was Director of Product Marketing for Danaher Tool Group prior to the ATG joint venture. In other roles with Danaher, he was business development manager and held multiple positions in channel marketing. Prior to joining Danaher, he was a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently IBM (through acquisition).

Stephen holds a Master of Business Administration degree concentrating in corporate strategy, strategic marketing and product development from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Decision Science and Information Systems from the University of Maryland.

A Recent Project Tackled With ATG Tools:

I changed the timing belt and water pump in my wife’s SUV using a number of our automotive technicians’ tools from GearWrench®, including an indexing pry bar, a ¾” drive socket set, and a serpentine belt tool. Getting the right angle to nudge the water pump off was a challenge. Our GearWrench® indexing pry bar really came through.

Willard (Will) A. Sprang
Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Will oversees all aspects of Apex Tool Group’s business systems and information technology initiatives, including strategy, planning, people, processes, service and support for operations worldwide.

Prior to the ATG joint venture, Will was Global Director of Technology and Architecture as well as Director of International Business Systems for Cooper Industries. Prior to his 15-year tenure with Cooper, Will was a senior systems consultant with a technology consulting firm.

Will attended the University of Texas at Arlington studying computer science, and served for three years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

Ed Tetreault
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ed is instrumental in helping to develop strong leaders, engage associates and build the right talent, capabilities and rewards to win in a changing, global marketplace.

Prior to joining Apex Tool Group’s executive staff in February 2012, Ed was the Executive Vice President of human resources for Exide Technologies. He has more than 20 years of diverse industry experience and has held senior leadership positions with Ingersoll Rand, Merck & Co., and General Electric.

Ed began his career as a labor attorney, earning his law degree from Pace University School of Law. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Ed’s favorite thing about working in the tool industry:

I love the pride in our diverse brands and the fact that ATG delivers value to society in unique and meaningful ways. Our more than 8,000 dedicated associates bring innovation and productivity to the experienced pro making life-saving products – and the do-it-yourselfer like me who’s just trying to do a simple weekend task!

Bert Brant
Vice President, North American Operations

Bert is responsible for hand tool manufacturing for Apex Tool Group in North America.

Bert joined ATG in September 2011 with more than 30 years of manufacturing leadership experience. Prior to joining ATG, Bert served as Executive Vice President of operations and Chief Operating Officer of Pergo. He has led operations for global and domestic manufacturers including Texas Instruments, Copeland Corporation (a division of Emerson), Denso Manufacturing, and Rexnord Corporation.

Bert holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Southern University.

 

 

David Ling
President, Asia Pacific Hand Tools

David is accountable for leading the management team and has P&L responsibility, which includes both commercial and manufacturing activities.

Prior to the Apex Tool Group joint venture, David was president of Danaher Tool Group in Asia.  He has more than 30 years experience in the hand tool industry, including serving as Vice President and General Manager of Danaher Tool Group, Asia. David also founded Lea Way Hand Tool Corporation and served as general manager for several years until the company was acquired by Danaher in 1981.

David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Navigation from Marine University in Taiwan.

David’s favorite thing about working in the tool industry:

With over 30 years and counting of working in the hand tool industry, I’ve really grown to love the work environment at ATG. I am driven every day by our efforts to continuously pursue innovation, whether large or small, in order to make a tool that is better and easier to use by our customers. There’s much more than meets the eye in the design and development of a wrench.

Martin Kuerzinger
President, Power Tools

Martin is charged with leading the global power tools business with both commercial and manufacturing responsibilities.

Prior to the Apex Tool Group joint venture, Martin was Vice President and General Manager of the communications and enterprise group for Danaher in the Asia Pacific Region. He brings more than 22 years of experience fueling growth in international and domestic markets. His global experience includes senior level positions in multiple industries in Europe and North America. He also worked with Tektronix and Siemens Corporation.

Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the Technical University Munich in Germany.

John P. Constantine
President, North America Hand Tools - Commercial

John leads the North American Hand Tools business – with heavy emphasis on sales, marketing and product development.

Prior to the Apex Tool Group joint venture, John served as president of Danaher's commercial operations. He joined Danaher in 2004 as President of its consumer tools business. Before joining Danaher, John held management and marketing leadership positions with Newell Rubbermaid and Black & Decker.

John holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola University in Maryland.

John’s favorite thing about working in the tool industry:

The tool industry is blessed with an enthusiastic end user base that simply can’t get enough news and information on tools. If we offer a new idea, or a better spin on an old idea, our end users immediately recognize its benefit and look to add it to their tool collection. Whether they are professional tool users or DIY enthusiasts, or whether they have 1,000 tools in their box or 10 – innovation and new ideas always interest them. It’s rewarding to be part of a company that can supply that level of innovation. 

 

Core Values

Mission

To be the first choice for industrial and professional customers by delivering outstanding innovation, productivity solutions and exceptional service around the globe.

Vision

The focused leader in Assembly and Repair Tools delivering smart productivity and smarter results.

Product Types

Apex Tool Group’s three main product types include:

Hand Tools

The hand tools line consists of the business operations providing mechanic, trade, and specialty tools, chain, truck boxes, jobsite storage and drill chucks to a broad range of industrial, construction, vehicle repair and DIY customers worldwide.

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