Executive Team

Paresh Chari

President,
Chief Executive Officer
,
Director
 

Paresh Chari, President and Chief Executive Officer has over 19 years’ experience with Dura-Line and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Mr. Chari has held executive positions in Fortune 500 companies including Emerson Electric, Ameritech (AT&T) and Kellogg Brown & Root (a Halliburton Company). At Ameritech, Mr. Chari held several senior level positions including President for a large division. Mr. Chari has significant experience in running both U.S. and international operations. He led Dura-Line through its merger with ARNCO Corporation in 2007, a new joint venture and greenfield operation in Oman and the acquisition of Bore Flex and PolyPipe in the U.S. and Nextube in South Africa. His prior experience includes launching and directing several mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and greenfield operations in the U.S. and in various other countries including China, India, Brazil, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Canada.

Mr. Chari has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and masters and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Technology, respectively. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has also completed executive strategy programs at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  He attended the Directors College at Stanford University in 2013.  Mr. Chari has served on Dura-Line’s board of directors since 2005 and is the Chairman of the Board in various countries including the JV in Oman.  Mr. Chari has significant experience with private equity firms including Jordan Industries (Chicago); Sun Capital (Boca Raton); Audax (Boston) and CHS Capital (Chicago), who were all prior owners of Dura-Line.  He created value for all these firms.  Most recently he led the sale of Dura-Line from CHS Capital to Mexichem in September 2014.  He was also appointed President of Mexichem USA in addition to his current role as CEO of Dura-Line.

Wes Tomaszek

Executive Vice President
& CFO

Wes Tomaszek, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined Dura-Line in February 2014.  Mr.  Tomaszek’s career spans over 30 years with significant experience in financial management, international operations, business restructuring, operational excellence, and mergers and acquisitions.  Before joining Dura-Line, Mr. Tomaszek was Chief Financial Officer for JW Aluminum, a manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum products, for 2 years.  Prior to that, Mr. Tomaszek spent 10 years with Tyco International,  6 years as Chief Financial Officer of Tyco’s Electrical and Metal Products Segment where he led several business restructuring and profitability improvement initiatives,  and 4 years as Vice-President of Finance for Tyco Healthcare’s Respiratory Division with significant involvement in organizational restructuring,  business acquisitions and related integrations.  Before Tyco, Mr. Tomaszek spent 15 years at Mallinckrodt Inc. and IMCERA Group, a manufacturer of pain relief pharmaceuticals, imaging agents, medical devices, and specialty chemicals in various financial leadership roles.  Mr. Tomaszek started his career in public accounting with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Mr. Tomaszek holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Northwestern J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Dale Wilson

Executive Vice President,
US & Canada

Dale Wilson, Executive Vice President, US & Canada, joined Dura-Line in January 2013.  He has over with 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry with 3 Blue Chip companies. In 2010, Dale joined General Electric as Global Sales Leader for Industrial Solutions, a division of GE Energy-Energy Management.  Prior to joining GE, Dale led the sales and service organization in the USA as Vice President for Siemens Energy & Automation division based in Atlanta GA.   Dale also served as Sales Vice President for Rockwell Automation Canada responsible for the sales, services and marketing organization. His leadership helped position Rockwell as the market leader in Canada.  He was born in Listowel, Ontario Canada and is a Certified Electronics Engineer and a graduate from Conestoga College in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario, Canada.

Michael S. Hilliard

Senior Vice President
of Global HR and EHS

Michael S. Hilliard, SVP Global Human Resources joined Dura-Line in July of 2012.  Mr. Hilliard’s career spans over 25 years in human resources for both domestic and international manufacturing businesses where he developed strategy and transformed cultures in large corporate settings, emerging companies, and privately held entities.  Prior to joining Dura-Line, Mr. Hilliard was VP Human Resources for Prysmian Cables and Systems, USA, LLC from April 2010 to June 2012.  Before joining Prysmian Cables and Systems, Mr. Hilliard served as the VP Human Resources with privately held companies including Ames Taping Tools Systems, Inc. and Republic.  Mr. Hilliard has also held senior and mid-level management roles in several Fortune 500 companies including Crane Merchandising Systems; Mitsubishi Semiconductor America, Inc.; Hughes Aircraft Company; Lockheed Aircraft Service Company; and Rockwell International.  Mr. Hilliard holds a Master’s degree in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix, and a B.B.A. from California State University, Northridge.

Tibor Mikula

Managing Director
Europe & South Africa

Tibor Mikula, Regional Director, Europe and Africa joined Dura-Line in 1991, to help drive Dura-Line’s expansion into Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Mikula was involved in the establishment of the current manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. Mr. Mikula has 21 years of experience in sales and business development in the global telecom markets. Mr. Mikula was promoted to Regional Director in April 2009.  Prior to that Mr. Mikula was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe from February 2002 until April 2009, where he directed sales and marketing in Europe.  Mr. Mikula has a Masters-equivalent degree in Mechanical Engineering from Slovak Technical University.

Abraham George

Managing Director
Asia, Rest of Africa, Middle East & Pacific Rim

Abraham George joined Dura-Line on January 15, 2013, as Regional Director of Asia, Middle East and the Pacific Rim.  Mr. George has over 25 years of management experience.  He has been Managing Director/Business Head with SKF Sealing Solutions in Asia since 2004 in Bangalore, 3 years of which were spent in Shanghai.  Prior to SKF, Mr. George was with Ingersoll Rand for nearly 14 years in various capacities including General Manager, Air Solutions Group.  He also spent 4 years with the Gulf Commercial Group in Dubai.  

Mr. George has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore University and a Diploma in Marketing Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University.  He has also attended a management development program conducted by the London Business School.
 

Timothy Grimsley

Senior Vice President,
Global Business Development

Mr. Grimsley joined Dura-Line Corporation in 1995 where he served as Vice President, Business Development for Dura-Line for the Latin America region.  Mr. Grimsley later took over the function of Engineering for Dura-Line supporting R&D Departments, in the U.S. and Czech Republic, as well as the Field Support group. In 2003 Mr. Grimsley accepted the position as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for U.S. & Canada. He developed our next generation of MicroTechnology products and built our Technical Field Support team in the U.S. In 2013, Mr. Grimsley accepted the position as Vice President, Global Business Development to focus more time on Dura-Line’s growing global business while continuing to interface with key accounts within the U.S. & Canada. As Dura-Line's global business continues to expand, Mr. Grimsley was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Business Development in January 2015. Prior to Dura-Line, Mr. Grimsley spent 11 years and held various positions at NORTEL: Installation Manager, Engineering, Marketing and Sales Director, focusing on fiber optic cable and transmission systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to NORTEL, Mr. Grimsley worked for United Telephone. Mr. Grimsley has an Engineering Degree from ITI and the University of South Florida.