ST. LOUIS, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Spire's board of directors announced that it has increased the size of the board from 8 members to 9 and elected Steve Schwartz as its newest member.
Steve, 59, is currently president and chief executive officer of Brooks Automation and a member of its board of directors. Brooks Automation is a leading international provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for multiple markets, including semiconductor manufacturing and life sciences.
"We are pleased to welcome Steve to our board. He brings extensive leadership experience as chief executive officer of a public company that's driving innovation and technology in the manufacturing space," said Ed Glotzbach, board chairman of Spire.
"Innovating through technology is a strategic imperative for Spire. It's one that we are actively deploying across our company," said Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO of Spire. "Steve started his career in the innovation space more than 30 years ago. He understands what it takes to nurture and grow an innovative mindset within a company."
As president and chief executive officer of Brooks Automation, Steve provides the strategic vision and execution to assure continued growth in semiconductor and life science markets. Steve began his career at Applied Materials Inc. and has held many senior leadership roles throughout his career, including head of Applied's High Temperature Films division and vice president and general manager of the Services division. He was also president of the first software business unit for Applied Materials. Steve earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
At Spire Inc. (NYSE: SR) we believe energy exists to help make people's lives better. It's a simple idea, but one that's at the heart of our company. Every day we serve 1.7 million customers making us the fifth largest publicly traded natural gas company in the country. We help families and business owners fuel their daily lives through our gas utilities serving Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri. Our other gas-related businesses include Spire Marketing, Spire STL Pipeline and Spire Storage. We are transforming our business and pursuing growth through 1) growing organically, 2) investing in infrastructure, 3) acquiring and integrating, and 4) innovation and technology. Learn more at SpireEnergy.com.
Scott W. Dudley Jr.
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