Board of Directors

Anderson - Board of Directors
David J. Anderson
Chairman of the Board
since 2011
Director since 2009
Director of Modine Manufacturing Company (developer and manufacturer of thermal management systems and components) and a member of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and Audit Committee since 2010; Director of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (metals recycler and steel manufacturer) and a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since 2009; Co-Vice Chairman of Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. (developer and manufacturer of fluid power and electronic components and systems for mobile equipment applications) from 2008 until June 2009;  President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sauer-Danfoss Inc. from 2002 until he retired in January 2009; held various senior management positions with Sauer-Danfoss Inc. from 1984 to 2008; prior to 1984, held various positions in sales, marketing and applications engineering within several manufacturing and distribution businesses. 

Mr. Anderson served on the boards of directors of the National Fluid Power Association and the National Fluid Power Association Education and Technology Foundation, chairing each in 2008 and 2009.

Jeff Graves, MTS President and CEO
Dr. Jeffrey A. Graves, Ph.D.
Director since 2012
President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of MTS Systems Corporation since May 2012. President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of C&D Technologies, Inc., from July 2005 to May 2012. C&D Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of energy storage systems. From July, 2001 to January, 2005, Dr. Graves was employed at Kemet Electronics Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance capacitor solutions, where he last held the position of Chief Executive Officer.  From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Graves held a number of key leadership positions with General Electric Company's Power Systems Division and Corporate Research & Development Center. Prior to working for GE, Dr. Graves held various positions of increasing responsibility at Rockwell International Corporation and Howmet Corporation. Dr. Graves also serves as a Director of Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX) and Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL).   Dr. Graves holds a Bachelors Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, and Masters Degree and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David D. Johnson - MTS Board of Directors
David D. Johnson
Director since 2013
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Molex Incorporated, based in Lisle, Illinois, 2005 to present; Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Sypris Solutions, Inc., a provider of technology-based outsourced services and specialty products, from 1996-2005; served as Regional Controller for Molex’s Far East Region; Financial Director for New Ventures and Acquisitions; and Financial Director for the Far East South Region from 1984-1996.

Emily Liggett - Board of Directors
Emily M. Liggett
Director since 2010
President and Chief Executive Officer of Novatorque, Inc. (manufacturer of high-efficiency electric motor systems) since 2009; President and Chief Executive Officer of Apexon, Inc. (provider of supply chain optimization software solutions for global manufacturers) from 2004 to 2007; President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine Corporation (provider of microturbine systems for clean, continuous distributed energy generation) from 2002 to 2003; various management and executive roles at Raychem Corporation (manufacturer of materials, electronics, telecom and energy products acquired by Tyco International in 1999) from 1984 to 2001, including Corporate Vice President of Raychem and Managing Director of Tyco Ventures. 

Ms. Liggett currently serves on the board of directors of UCT Corporation and the Purdue University School of Engineering Advisory Board.

Randy Martinez - MTS Board of Directors
Randy J. Martinez
Director since 2014
Former Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for AAR Corporation (a provider of aviation services to the worldwide commercial aerospace and governmental/defense industries) from August 2015 to May 2017. Prior to this role, Mr. Martinez held other leadership roles within AAR, including Group Vice President, Aviation Services and President and Chief Executive Officer, AAR Airlift Group (March 2012 to August 2015) and Group Vice President, Government and Defense Services and Senior Vice President, Government and Defense Programs (2009 to 2012). Before joining AAR in 2009, Mr. Martinez was the Chief Executive Officer at World Air Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ). As a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Martinez served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force for over 21 years, holding a wide variety of leadership roles, including both line command and senior staff positions.

Mr. Martinez currently serves on the Board of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), serving as Chair for the Aviation Sector.

Samardzich - Board of Directors
Barb J. Samardzich
Director since 2001
Chief Operating Officer for Ford of Europe, Ford Motor Company since November 2013. Vice President of Product Development of Ford Motor Company from September 2011 to November 2013; Vice President of Global Product Programs of Ford Motor Company from January 2011 to September 2011; Vice President of Powertrain Engineering of Ford Motor Company from 2005 to 2010; Executive Director - Small FWD and RWD Vehicles of Ford Motor Company from 2002 to 2005; Chief Engineer for the Automatic Transmission Engineering Operations of Ford Motor Company from 2000 to 2002; Quality Director for the Small and Medium Vehicle Center of the European operations of Ford Motor Company from 1999 to 2000; Chief Program Engineer for F650/F750 Ford trucks of Ford Motor Company from 1998 to 1999; previously held various positions in the Powertrain division of Ford Motor Company from 1990 to 1998; various engineering, sales and marketing positions in the Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1981 to 1990.

Michael V. Schrock - MTS Board of Directors
Michael V. Schrock
Director since 2014
Advisor for Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm since March 2014; President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 until his retirement in December 2013 for Pentair LLC, a global water, fluid, thermal management, and equipment protection company based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Prior to that role, Mr. Schrock held several leadership positions at Pentair over his 16-year career, including President of Water Technologies Americas, President of the Pump and Pool Group and President/COO of Pentair Technical Products. Before joining Pentair, Mr. Schrock held numerous senior leadership roles in both the US and Europe at Honeywell International Inc. Mr. Schrock is currently on the boards of Plexus Corporation, Berlin Packaging, and The National MS Society, as well as serving on the Board of Governors of the St. Thomas School of Engineering.

Gail Steinel - Board of Directors
Gail P. Steinel
Director since 2009
Owner of Executive Advisors (provider of leadership development services and strategic / profit improvement consulting) since 2007; Executive Vice President, Consumer, Industrial & Technology business unit at BearingPoint (a global technology and management consulting company) from 2002 to 2007; progressive management experience at Arthur Andersen (provider of audit, tax and  consulting services), where her final position was Global Managing Partner of the Business Consulting Division, from 1979 to 2002. 

Ms. Steinel serves on several boards including the Board of Trustees of Federal Realty Investment Trust and is Chairperson of its Audit Committee.

Kenneth Yu - MTS Systems Corporation Board of Directors
Chun Hung (Kenneth) Yu
Director since 2013
Retired Vice President, Global Channel Services, International Operations for 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2013 to December 2013; President, China Region and 3M China from 2000 to May 2013; President, 3M Taiwan from 1999-2000; served in several Director and leadership roles within the 3M organization from 1969-1999, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Asian-Pacific region.