Executive Team and Board of Directors

Bernd Brust, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cole-Parmer

Bernd Brust, Chairman and CEO

Bernd Brust serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cole-Parmer Instrument Company. Before joining Cole-Parmer, Mr. Brust served as president and CEO of Qualicaps, a leading provider of capsule manufacturing and processing equipment for pharmaceutical companies, which sold to Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings in 2013.

Prior to his role with Qualicaps, Mr. Brust was Chief Commercial Operations Officer at Life Technologies Corporation and responsible for a $3.5 billion global business. Mr. Brust held prior leadership roles with Invitrogen Corporation (a predecessor to Life Technologies) and with GE Medical Systems.


Jon Salkin, COO of Cole-Parmer

Jonathan Salkin, President and COO

Jon Salkin serves as Cole-Parmer's President and COO. In this role, Jon oversees the Operational strategy for Cole-Parmer and leads the Company's strategic planning initiatives (including M&A). Prior to joining Cole-Parmer in November 2015, Jon co-founded and served as the Executive Vice President of Devicor Medical Products, a GTCR portfolio company sold to the Danaher Corporation in November 2014. Prior to Devicor, Jon was a Managing Director in the Healthcare group at the Royal Bank of Scotland plc. Jon also had numerous roles in Corporate Development and M&A with Cardinal Health, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (formerly Wasserstein Perella) and Deutche Bank (formerly BT Wolfensohn).


Nick Morse, Senior Vice President and CFO of Cole-Parmer

Nick Morse, Senior Vice President and CFO

Nick joined Cole-Parmer in January 2016 as Senior Vice President and CFO.  Prior to joining Cole-Parmer, Nick served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Vision Source.  Nick has also served as the Chief Financial Officer at Apex Healthcare Solutions and in various leadership roles at Kindred Healthcare. Nick started his career at Houlihan Lokey where he served as a Vice President in the Healthcare Investment Banking division.


Mina Canning, SVP, Human Resources and Integrations for Cole-Parmer

Mina Canning, SVP, Human Resources and Integrations

Mina serves as the SVP, Human Resources and Integrations for Cole-Parmer. Before joining Cole-Parmer, Mina spent nearly 9 years with Life Technologies in various capacities including VP Talent Management, VP HR for Commercial Operations and the Genetic Sequencing business. Prior to Life Technologies, Mina held numerous HR roles at GSK, Electronic Arts and The Coca-Cola Company.


Board of Directors

Jim Rauh, Principal, Golden Gate Capital

Jim Rauh, Managing Director, Golden Gate Capital

Jim Rauh joined the Board of Cole-Parmer in March 2017. Mr. Rauh focuses primarily on Golden Gate Capital’s equity investments in the industrials sector. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Rauh was with JLL Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Previously, he was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Rauh has a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).


Robert Kirby, Operating Executive, Golden Gate Capital

Robert Kirby, Managing Director, Golden Gate Capital

Robert Kirby joined the Board of Cole-Parmer in March 2017. Mr. Kirby is an Operating Partner with Golden Gate Capital and currently serves as CEO of Atrium Windows, a Golden Gate Capital portfolio company. Mr. Kirby was previously CEO of Vi-Jon, a leading private label manufacturer in the personal care market. Prior to this Mr. Kirby was CEO of Accellent, a leading contract manufacturer in the medical device market. Earlier in Mr. Kirby’s career, he was a GM and led R&D, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at large cap companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Fort James. Mr. Kirby has broad based experience in Consumer Personal Care, OTC and Medical Devices. During his 30 year career he has led large scale and complex integrations of acquisitions, implemented lean processes and driven rapid, positive change.


Dennis Pope, Board of Directors

Dennis Pope

Dennis Pope joined the Board of Cole-Parmer in September 2014. Mr. Pope brings a truly unique background to the Board as he has served in leadership capacities for both Cole-Parmer and Environmental Express. Mr. Pope served as Chief Executive Officer at Environmental Express from 2006 to 2013. Prior to his role at EE, he served as President at Kendro Laboratory Products, Division of SPX Corporation from 2000 to 2005 and he also served at Executive VP and COO at Cole-Parmer from 1996 to 2000.


Brian Slobodow, Board of Directors

Brian Slobodow, Operating Executive, Golden Gate Capital

Brian Slobodow joined the Board of Cole-Parmer in November 2018. Mr. Slobodow is an Operating Executive with Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Slobodow currently advises the firm and portfolio companies in a broad range of supply chain and procurement issues. He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer of Atrium Windows, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Silica, and Chief Operating Officer of Neways International, all of which are current or former Golden Gate Capital portfolio companies. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Slobodow held multiple leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products and was a Principal with A.T. Kearney. Mr. Slobodow has an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and a BS in Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.


Russell Hammond, Board of Directors

Russell Hammond, Director, Industrial Products, Energy & Power, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Russell Hammond joined the Board of Cole-Parmer in October 2018. Mr. Hammond joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 with more than 10 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse, as well as the investment banking and private equity departments of Merrill Lynch in Toronto and London, England. At Ontario Teachers', Russell is responsible for investments in the Industrials and Business Services sectors and has been involved in several transactions in these areas. He currently sits on the boards of Aurora Plastics, The Azek Company, Cole-Parmer, Exal Group, Infiltrator Water Technologies and Mauser Packaging Solutions. Past investments include Alliance Laundry and Dematic. Russell is a CFA charterholder and graduated as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.