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Cognex Corp (CGNX.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Shillman

71 2011 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Culture Officer

Robert Willett

50 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Curran

51 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Sheila DiPalma

51 2017 Senior Vice President of Corporate Employee Services

Anthony Sun

65 2010 Lead Independent Director

Patrick Alias

72 2016 Independent Director

Eugene Banucci

74 2015 Independent Director

Karl Krantz

75 2007 Independent Director

Jerry Schneider

70 2016 Independent Director

Susan Conway

Senior Director of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Shillman

Dr. Robert J. Shillman is a Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Culture Officer of Cognex Corporation. He has known to many as “Doctor Bob,” is the founder of Cognex. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as an executive officer of Cognex since the company’s founding in 1981. Dr. Shillman was Chief Executive Officer of Cognex from 1981 through March 2011, at which time, and upon his recommendation, Mr. Willett was promoted to fill that role. During the past five years, Dr. Shillman has not served as a member of the Board of Directors of another publicly held company or of a registered investment company. We believe Dr. Shillman’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his technical background leading to both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his in-depth knowledge of AI technology and his 37 years of executive leadership experience building Cognex into the world’s largest and most successful company that specializes in machine vision.

Robert Willett

Mr. Robert J. Willett serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Cognex since 2011. Mr. Willett joined our company in 2008 as President of the Modular Vision Systems Division, and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010. He came to Cognex from Danaher Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of industrial controls and technologies, where he served as Vice President of Business Development and Innovation for the Product Identification Business Group and as President of Videojet Technologies, a leader in coding and marking products. Prior to that, Mr. Willett served as Chief Executive Officer of Willett International Ltd., a coding and marking company that was sold to Danaher and merged with Videojet. During the past five years, Mr. Willett has not served as a member of the Board of Directors of another publicly held company or of a registered investment company. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from Yale University. We believe Mr. Willett’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his experience in the machine vision industry, his executive leadership experience and the knowledge of our company that he has acquired through his management roles.

John Curran

Mr. John J. Curran is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of the Company. Mr. Curran joined Cognex in 2016 after 21 years at EMC Corporation, a company that manages business involved in the transformation of information technology, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. While at EMC, Mr. Curran also held leadership positions in corporate and international finance, and served as Interim CFO of Pivotal, Inc., a $200M subsidiary of EMC focusing on application and data infrastructure software, agile development services, and data science consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

Sheila DiPalma

Ms. Sheila Marie DiPalma is Senior Vice President of Corporate Employee Services of the Company. Ms. DiPalma joined Cognex in 1992 as Senior Reporting Accountant. She served for more than 20 years in a series of increasingly responsible roles in the Finance Department, including six years as Cognex Treasurer, before transitioning to Corporate Employee Services in 2016. Prior to joining Cognex, Ms. DiPalma was a member of the audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Boston College, a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Bentley College, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Anthony Sun

Mr. Anthony Sun is Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sun has served as a director since 1982. Mr. Sun served as a managing general partner and Chief Executive Officer of Venrock Associates, a venture capital partnership, from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. He began his tenure at Venrock in 1979 and was a general partner from 1980 to 1997. Mr. Sun also serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of several private companies. During the past five years, he served as a director of Keynote Systems, Inc. (KEYN) when it was a publicly held company. We believe Mr. Sun’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his executive experience, his expertise in the high-technology industry, particularly having served as a member of the Board of Directors of more than a dozen public high-tech companies in the past, and the deep understanding of our company that he has acquired through service on our Board.

Patrick Alias

Mr. Patrick A. Alias is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Alias has served as a director since 2001. Mr. Alias has served as Senior Vice President of Cognex since April 2005, and previously was Executive Vice President from 1991 through April 2005. Prior to joining Cognex, Mr. Alias spent more than 20 years in various high-technology management positions in Europe, Japan and the United States. He holds Master’s Degrees in Electronics, Mathematics and Economics, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. During the past five years, Mr. Alias has not served as a member of the Board of Directors of another publicly held company or of a registered investment company. We believe Mr. Alias’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his four decades of experience working with high-technology companies, including nearly fifteen years as our company’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, and his extensive management experience.

Eugene Banucci

Dr. Eugene Banucci is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Banucci has served as a director since 2015. Dr. Banucci is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ATMI, Inc. (ATMI), a publicly held company that was acquired by Entegris, Inc. (ENTG) in 2014. Dr. Banucci served as Chief Executive Officer of ATMI from its founding in 1986 until the beginning of 2005. Prior to starting ATMI, he held management positions at General Electric Company and American Cyanamid Company. Dr. Banucci has served on numerous boards; in particular, from 2003 through 2010, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Zygo Corporation (ZIGO), a publicly held company that was also acquired in 2014. He currently serves as Lead Director on the Board of Clean Harbors, Inc. (CLH), a publicly held company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Dr. Banucci holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Beloit College and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Wayne State University. We believe Dr. Banucci’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his experience in developing and managing high-technology companies and his participation in other public company boards.

Karl Krantz

Mr. Karl Theodor Krantz serves as an Independent Director of Cognex Corporation. Mr. Krantz has served as a director since 2007. Mr. Krantz has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Airmar Technology Corporation since May 2011, and previously served as President from 2000 to 2011. He was President, and later Chief Executive Officer, of Velcro Industries from 1984 to 1999. For more than 10 years, Mr. Krantz has been serving as a member of the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of Hitchiner Manufacturing Company and Control Air, Inc. Mr. Krantz holds a B.A. from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. We believe Mr. Krantz’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his extensive executive leadership experience and his accounting and financial management expertise.

Jerry Schneider

Mr. Jerry A. Schneider is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Schneider has served as a director since 2016. Mr. Schneider has been an independent business and financial consultant since 2014. He was the former (2004 to 2013) Chief Financial Officer of Vistage International, a private equity-owned CEO peer-advisory membership company with over 20,000 members. Prior to Vistage, Mr. Schneider spent seven years at Fresenius Medical Care—North America (FMS), a global dialysis service and products company, where he served as CFO and later as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning. Between 1994 and 1997, Mr. Schneider was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of then publicly held GranCare, Inc. (GC), a healthcare company in the long-term care, assisted living and institutional pharmacy business. Mr. Schneider serves on many non-profit boards. During the past five years, he has not served as a member of the Board of Directors of another publicly held company or of a registered investment company. Mr. Schneider received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an inactive CPA and attorney in the State of California. We believe Mr. Schneider’s qualifications for sitting on our Board of Directors include his executive experience, his accounting, legal and financial management knowledge and expertise.

Susan Conway

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Robert Shillman

15,687

Robert Willett

3,866,580

John Curran

3,863,400

Sheila DiPalma

3,540,490

Anthony Sun

432,573

Patrick Alias

726,451

Eugene Banucci

430,373

Karl Krantz

441,423

Jerry Schneider

434,823

Susan Conway

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As Of  31 Dec 2017