Leadership

The Excelitas Senior Executive team provides strong, effective leadership, combining industry expertise with strategic business acumen to drive performance and innovation excellence. With an unwavering commitment to our global base of customers, employees, and investors, they continue to build on the company's long-standing tradition of delivering market-leading photonic solutions.  

Get to know our Executive Leadership Team.

Ron Keating - President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member for Excelitas Technologies
Ron Keating
President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Ron Keating is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Mr. Keating began his tenure at Excelitas Technologies in October 2023 after having served the previous nine years as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Evoqua Water Technologies Corporation. In 2017, Mr. Keating took the global provider of water and wastewater treatment solutions and services public. In May 2023, he led the sale of Evoqua to Xylem (NYSE: XYL), with a market topping purchase price at 25x EBITDA.

Prior to joining Evoqua, Mr. Keating served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Contech Engineered Solutions, an infrastructure site solutions provider. Before heading Contech, Mr. Keating served as President of the Metalworking Solutions and Services Group of Kennametal Inc., a supplier of tooling and industrial materials.

Mr. Keating served on the board of directors of US Ecology Inc. until 2022, and currently serves on the board of directors of EnPro Industries, Inc, a publicly-traded company.

Mr. Keating holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Doug Benner - Executive Vice President, Defense and Aerospace
Doug Benner
Executive Vice President, Defense and Aerospace

Doug Benner is Executive Vice President of the Defense and Aerospace business of Excelitas Technologies.

Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Advanced Electronic Systems division. Prior to his appointment with Excelitas, Mr. Benner spent the previous four years as the Vice President and General Manager of PerkinElmer’s military/aerospace business. Earlier, he held a variety of positions with PerkinElmer Optoelectronics including Product Platform Manager, Site Operations Leader, Multi-site Operations Leader, and Military/Aerospace Product Line Leader.

Before joining PerkinElmer in 1996, Mr. Benner was co-owner of The Laser and Photonics Center, a company specializing in laser materials processing for the industrial market. He also spent several years in manufacturing and management roles with Monsanto and EG&G. He has one patent and has authored several technical publications.

Mr. Benner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

John Cronley - Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
John Cronley
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

John Cronley is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Excelitas Technologies Corp.

John Cronley is responsible for leading the company’s strategic growth initiatives with a selective focus on business development and the global acquisition program.

Prior to joining Excelitas, Mr. Cronley served as Vice President of Business Development at AMETEK, Inc.  Mr. Cronley’s diverse strategic experience includes mergers and acquisitions and extensive relationship development with executive business leaders, private equity firms and investment bankers.  Mr. Cronley also served as Vice President of Marketing and Program Management at Artesyn Embedded Technologies, now part of Advanced Energy and previous to that held various operating roles of expanding responsibilities at Emerson Electric.

Mr. Cronley holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Kettering University.

Michael Ersoni - Executive Vice President, Commercial
Michael Ersoni
Executive Vice President, Commercial

Michael Ersoni is Executive Vice President of the Global Commercial Business of Excelitas Technologies. 

Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Detection division. Prior to his appointment with Excelitas, Mr. Ersoni held numerous leadership roles at PerkinElmer, starting in 1995. During his tenure at PerkinElmer, he served as Vice President and General Manager for PerkinElmer’s Commercial Sensors business, General Manager of the Industrial Sensors business, and has held a variety of engineering leadership and product marketing positions spanning applications engineering and new product development.

Mr. Ersoni holds an M.Eng from McMaster University and an M.B.A. from Queens University. Mr. Ersoni is a Certified Management Accountant.

Joel Falcone - Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Joel Falcone
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Joel Falcone is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Excelitas Technologies.

As COO, Mr. Falcone is responsible for overseeing all facets of Global Operations including Production, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence throughout the over 20 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Mr. Falcone provides leadership for the Customer Service and Order Management organizations worldwide.

Prior to Mr. Falcone’s role as COO, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Lighting business.

Mr. Falcone’s diverse leadership experience also includes executive positions at PerkinElmer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Optoelectronics Business Group along with Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the PerkinElmer Medical Imaging business. Mr. Falcone has also held numerous leadership positions with Philips, Hitachi, and RF Micro Devices.

Mr. Falcone earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona and holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Certified Management Accountant.

Vincent Grieco - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Vincent Grieco
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Vincent Grieco is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Mr. Grieco joined Excelitas in November of 2023 after serving nine years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Evoqua Water Technologies Corporation (Xylem).

Prior to his appointment as Evoqua’s General Counsel, Mr. Grieco held a variety of senior legal positions at Siemens Water Technologies and USFilter Corporation, both predecessors to the business becoming Evoqua.

From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Grieco was a member of the business and finance section of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. from 1993 to 1997.

Mr. Grieco holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law and received a B.S. in Economics from St. Vincent College.

Jim Kohosek, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Jim Kohosek
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Jim Kohosek is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Mr. Kohosek joined Excelitas in November of 2023 after serving five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and two years as President of Products and Technologies Division of Evoqua Water Technologies Corporation (Xylem).

Prior to his positions with Evoqua, Mr. Kohosek held senior management positions at global industrial and manufacturing companies including Kennametal, Inc., Ingersoll Rand and Westinghouse.

Mr. Kohosek received a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance (double major), both from Shippensburg University. He also completed the Wharton Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ben Stas - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ben Stas
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ben Stas is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Mr. Stas assumed his role at Excelitas in October 2023 after serving for the past eight years as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Evoqua Water Technologies Corporation.

Prior to joining Evoqua, Mr. Stas held a variety of senior financial and business roles at Kennametal Inc. from 1997 to 2015. His positions there included Vice President, Finance of Business Groups, Vice President, Manufacturing for the Industrial Segment, Chief Financial Officer of the Industrial Business Group, and Chief Financial Officer of Kennametal Europe GmbH.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Stas served as a Financial Analyst for Global Financial Sales and Marketing, and before that as a Plant Controller for Dupont Co.  

Mr. Stas holds an M.B.A. from Duquesne University and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Drexel University.