Canadian Packaging

Cognex Names New President and CEO


January 8, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

The Nattick, MA-headquartered Cognex Corporation–a leading global supplier of machine vision systems–has named Robert Willett as president and chief operating officer.

With the promotion, Willett will continue his current role as president of the Modular Vision Systems Division (MVSD), the largest operating division of Cognex. Willett will continue reporting to Dr. Robert J. Shillman, who remains the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
 
“When Rob joined Cognex as president of MVSD in 2008, it was with the expectation that after he proved himself in that role, he would become president of Cognex and be responsible for both of our divisions,” notes Dr. Shillman. “Over the past year-and-a-half, Rob has exceeded my expectations and those of our Board of Directors. Rob has streamlined MVSD’s operations and managed that division back to profitability during very difficult economic times, and he did so without sacrificing progress on strategic initiatives that are important for the company’s future success. And, despite the reductions in operating expenses, Rob has been able to maintain the company’s work hard/play hard culture and winning spirit.”
 
Willett joined Cognex in 2008 as executive vice-president and president of MVSD.
 
For information on Cognex and its fine line of products, visit www.cognex.com.