Executive Leadership

  • Brian Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Essex, a role he has held since May 2015. During his tenure, Kim has overseen the establishment of the Automotive Strategic Business Unit, establishment of Essex Malaysia, the formation of the High Voltage Winding Wire joint venture, launch of the MagForceX Innovation Center, and construction of a magnet wire facility in Serbia. Prior to his position with the company, Kim served as the President of LG Hausys America and the Principal of A.T. Kearny in Seoul, South Korea. Kim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University and then earned an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.

    Brian Kim

    Chief Executive Officer

  • David Gray is the Chief Financial Officer at Superior Essex, a position that he has held for the last two years. Gray had spent the last five years of his career with the company, being promoted from a Vice President of Finance for the Communication and Energy Cable Division to his current role overseeing the whole of a $2B global manufacturer. Prior to coming to Essex, he was a VP of Finance and IT at Cooper Bussman as well as an interim CFO for Digital Blue, where he helped reduce SG&A by 30% leading to a successful acquisition. He earned his degree in Accounting from Penn State, was certified as a CPA by the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, and received his CMA from the Institute of Management Accountants.

    David Gray

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Anna Basista is the Vice President of Global Human Resources for Superior Essex. It is a role that she has held for nearly four years after also serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for both Essex Magnet Wire as well as Superior Essex over the preceding four. Her servant leadership style has allowed for a steady growth path within the company to now overseeing all human resource efforts. Prior to her role with Superior Essex, Basista spent nearly 15 years as a senior human resources director for several other companies. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii before achieving a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Elmhurst College. Basista is a member of SHRM with a SHRM-SCP certification as well as holding a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from HRCI.

    Anna Basista

    VP, Global Human Resources


Presidents & VPs

  • Baber Inayat is the President of Essex Magnet Wire – North America, a role which makes him responsible for all magnet wire operations in North America and non-automotive markets. Over the past 15 years, Inayat has held positions of increasing responsibility at Essex. Most recently he built and then led the Essex Magnet Wire Automotive Business Unit which has developed custom magnet wire solutions for the electric vehicle manufacturers. Previous to this appointment he was the Global Vice President of Technology & Customer Care where he led the Essex Magnet Wire R&D efforts. He holds numerous patents for magnet wire insulation systems and magnet wire manufacturing processes. Inayat obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University, plus an Executive Education (C.P.D) from The Wharton Business School.

    Baber Inayat

    President, Essex Magnet Wire North America

  • Joshua Fennig is the President of Essex Europe, a role that he took in early 2019 after two years as the Vice President of Asia Pacific for the company. Fennig is one of several leaders within the organization that boasts two decades of continued employment with Superior Essex, working in a range of roles, elevating himself every few years based on production and results. Fennig has demonstrated a skill for reversing inefficient processes and driving innovation, sales, and growth across the globe. He has worked in various roles at locations in the United States, Portugal, China, and Germany. Fennig received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Tri-State University (Trine University).

    Joshua Fennig

    President, Essex Europe

  • Ing. Klaus Borstner is currently the President of Essex Italy and is leading the continued evolution and market leadership of our energy focused business in the field of CTC and other multi-enameled copper products. He has a 30 years of experience in the electrical industry, in various senior positions, and during his career he has developed vast global experience by living and working in Southeast Asia, the United States, and China. Prior to his time with Essex, he spend more than 20 years at Elin, an Austrian company that become Siemens in the field of HV-applications and transformers. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering which aids in his understanding of processes and innovation.

    Klaus Borstner

    President, Essex Energy Italy

  • Jared Rowntree is the Vice President of Asia Pacific for Essex Asia, a role that he has held since January 2019. Rowntree has been with the organization for nearly a decade, operating as a Materials Manager, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, and Managing Director which grew his skillset and leadership ability that helped elevate him to his current role. Prior to coming to Essex, he worked for two other, leading manufacturers. Rowntree has his degrees from Queens University as well as Conestoga College.

    Jared Rowntree

    VP, Asia Pacific

  • Greg Caudill is the Vice President of Technology and Engineering for Essex Magnet Wire. Caudilll has worked for Superior Essex in multiple roles over the last 21 years, spending some of that as Director of Engineering and Design Engineering Manager. He has used his skills and knowledge in manufacturing technology, operations execution, new product introduction and launch, as well as magnet wire central tool & die operations to make marked improvements within the organization. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology prior to joining the company.

    Greg Caudill

    VP, Technology and Engineering

  • Matt Leach is the Vice President of Innovation for Essex globally, launching and overseeing the MagForceX Innovation Center during the last three years. Leach has worked with Superior Essex -- ​with increasing responsibilities -- in technology and operations for nearly 25 years. Most recently Leach served as Vice President of Operations ​for Essex North America. He is ​currently tasked with leading a team of experts across a multitude of disciplines to solve the next wave of technological questions. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree ​in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from ​Indiana University.

    Matt Leach

    VP, Innovation

  • Xavier Mann is the Vice President of the Automotive Business Unit for Essex Magnet Wire. His role with the company has evolved over the last decade, starting in marketing for fine and ultrafine magnet wire line to his current position. Under Mann's leadership, the Essex Automotive  Business Unit has enjoyed strong growth globally.  In addition, Essex has introduced new products that have been revolutionizing the electrification of transportation. Mann has over thirty years of experience, including engineering, product management, sales and distribution in fiber optics, electronics and magnet wire. He is currently a board member of the Essex Furukawa joint venture and a committee member and past chairperson of the IWCS.  Mann earned Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Xavier Mann

    VP, Automotive Sales & Business Development

  • Zack Kim is the Vice President of Global Magnet Wire Strategy, a role that he accepted in early 2019 after serving as the Director of FP&A in Asia as well as a Human Resources Director for Superior Essex since 2012. His current position makes him responsible for leading global magnet wire strategic initiatives, developing and implementing best practices, as well as investment optimization. Kim came to the company after previously being a Human Resources Director for LS Cable & System  over nine years prior. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Sungkyunkwan University and studied in the Graduate School of Labor Studies at Korea University in South Korea.

    Zack Kim

    VP, Global Magnet Wire Strategy

  • Ken Westrick is the Vice President of Global Corporate Tax within the Finance Department of Superior Essex - serving in a leadership role for more than eight years. His responsibilities include global tax planning, cash tax minimization, worldwide financial statement taxes (ASC 740 tax provisions),  global income and franchise tax compliance, tax audit and defense management, tax technology, and training.  In addition, Westrick is part of a cross-functional leadership team that has lead numerous M&A and restructuring projects, including due diligence and integration of those transactions.  Westrick has worked in the corporate tax field for over three decades after receiving his BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Ken Westrick

    VP, Global Corporate Tax

  • Scott Wilde is the Global Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for Essex Magnet Wire, a role that has evolved over the last 12 years. Scott is tasked with both traditional procurement and a more specialized role in commodity risk management, a pairing that may not always meet in other organizations. Scott graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBS in Finance, obtained a CPM certificate, and has passed the Series 3 exam. He has also completed six marathons and, thanks to Atlanta traffic, completes about 30 audio books per year.

    Scott Wilde

    VP, Global Strategic Sourcing

  • Don Lee is the Vice President of Finance and Controller for Superior Essex, a position which has held for the last two years. He leads the overall financial controls and reporting for the global manufacturing operations of the company. Prior to working with Superior Essex, Lee spent nearly 15 years with LG Electronics as a CFO and VP of Operations for its United States operations after entering that company as a Controller and VP of Shared Service Centers. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University and was awarded a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois. Lee is also a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Public Accountant.

    Don Lee

    VP, Corporate Controller

  • Kap Kim holds the role of Vice President of Information Technology for Superior Essex, supporting all business functions of the company. Kim has been focusing on the digitalization of cross-functional business processes to better serve customers, suppliers, manufacturing, and logistics over the last three years. Prior to working with Superior Essex, Kim was a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Doosan-Bobcat based in Korea after working as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CommScope. He obtained his BA in Information Processing Systems from Rutgers University before being awarded a Master’s of Computer Science Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Kim has also served on the Board for Catawba Science Center and is currently on the Board for The Center for Pan Asian Community Services.

    Kap Kim

    VP, Information Technology


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