Brady Leadership

J. Michael Nauman

Michael Nauman
J. Michael Nauman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Nauman joined Brady Corporation in 2014 with a focus on efficient and effective operations while driving new product innovation as a means towards sustainable, profitable growth. Under Nauman’s leadership, the company has experienced profit growth thanks to a focus on efficient operations, streamlined manufacturing processes and a renewed focus on new product development.

Prior to joining Brady, Mr. Nauman spent 20 years at Lisle, Ill-based Molex, where, in addition to launching their high performance cable assembly business unit, he turned around lagging business units and developed overseas operations that allowed for worldwide expansion. In 2007, he became the company’s Senior Vice President leading Molex’s Global Integrated Products division and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2009.

Before joining Molex in 1994, Mr. Nauman was a tax accountant and auditor for Arthur Andersen and Company and Controller and then President and CEO of Ohio Associated Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Nauman earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Case Western Reserve University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and holds three U.S. patents. He is a board member of the Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Coalition, and Museum of Discovery. 

Thomas J. Felmer

Tom Felmer
President, Workplace Safety

Mr. Felmer is president of Brady’s Workplace Safety Business, which focuses on safety solutions that are sold via internet, catalog and direct sales channels. Currently, Mr. Felmer is overseeing the transformation of this business to incorporate a strong digital sales model.  He has been with Brady since 1989, holding several sales and marketing positions before being named President and General Manager of Brady’s U.S. Signmark Division in 1994. Since then he helped to grow Brady’s European direct marketing business, as well as US global sales and marketing processes. In 2004, he was appointed President-Direct Marketing Americas, and was named Chief Financial Officer in January 2008. Mr. Felmer has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Russell Shaller

President - Identification Solutions

Mr. Shaller joined Brady as president of Brady’s Identification Solutions business in 2015. Mr. Shaller has placed a strong emphasis on new product development, helping to transform the Company’s new product pipeline.  From 2008-2015, he served as President of Teledyne Microwave Solutions, with responsibility for advanced microwave products sold in the aerospace and communications industry.  Before joining Teledyne, Mr. Shaller held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at W.L. Gore & Associates, including Division Leader, Electronic Products Division from 2003 to 2008 and General Manager of Gore Photonics from 2001 to 2003. Prior to joining W.L. Gore in 1993, Mr. Shaller worked in engineering and program management positions at Westinghouse Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Aaron Pearce

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Mr. Pearce joined the Company in 2004 as Director of Internal Audit and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is driving the Company’s focus on administrative efficiencies and cost effectiveness. Mr. Pearce was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2014, and Chief Accounting Officer in July 2015. 

From 2006 to 2008, he served as Finance Director for the Company’s Asia Pacific region, and from 2008 to 2010, served as Global Tax Director. In January 2010, Mr. Pearce was appointed Vice President, Treasurer, and Director of Investor Relations, and in April 2013, was named Vice President - Finance, with responsibility for finance support to the Company’s Workplace Safety and ID Solutions businesses, financial planning and analysis, and investor relations. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pearce was an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a certified public accountant.

Helena Nelligan

Helena Nelligan
Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Ms. Nelligan joined Brady in November, 2013.  As Senior VP of Human Resources, Ms. Nelligan has focused on talent acquisition and organizational development, and is leading the Company’s inclusion and diversity efforts. She comes to Brady from Eaton Corporation, where she was employed since 2005. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Electrical Products and Electrical Systems and Infrastructure Groups.  She held various other leadership roles with Eaton, including Vice President of Human Resources for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, America’s region Director of Human Resources for the Electrical Components Division and an international assignment as Senior Manager of Human Resources for the Vehicle Group, Asia Pacific located in Shanghai, China. Prior to joining Eaton, she held various human resources leadership roles driving regional and global operations within Merisant Worldwide and British Petroleum (BP). She holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice and master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Michigan State University.

Louis Bolognini

Allan Klotsche
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Bolognini joined Brady as Sr. VP, General Counsel and Secretary in January, 2013.  In this role, he is responsible for Brady's global legal function and serves as corporate secretary and adviser to Brady's Board of Directors and senior management team on all legal, risk, compliance and governance issues.  Mr. Bolognini served as General Counsel at Imperial Sugar Company and Bio Lab, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemtura Corporation. He is a law graduate of the University of Toledo and also holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University. He is admitted to practice law in four states, including Wisconsin.

Bentley Curran

Bentley Curran
Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Business

Mr. Curran has been Vice President of Digital Business and Chief Information Officer at Brady since 2012. He has been instrumental in growing the Company’s digital presence. He joined the Company in 1999 and has held several technology leadership positions, including Vice President of Information Technology and Global Chief Information Officer. 

Prior to joining Brady, Mr. Curran served in a variety of technology leadership roles for Compucom and the Speed Queen Company. He holds a Bachelor of business administration from Marian University and holds an associate of science degree in electronics and engineering systems.

Ann Thornton

Chief Accounting Officer & Corporate Controller

Ms. Thornton has been Brady’s Chief Accounting Officer since 2016 and Corporate Controller and Director of Investor Relations since 2015. As Chief Accounting Officer, Ann is responsible for all investor relations and financial compliance activities, including a system of strong internal controls, the preparation of all financial statements, and the completion of all SEC filings.  She joined the Company in 2009 as Corporate Accounting Supervisor. Ms. Thornton held the positions of Corporate Accounting Manager, External Reporting Manager and Corporate Finance Manager from 2010 to 2014. In 2015, she was named Director, Investor Relations and Global Accounting. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Thornton was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2005 to 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a certified public accountant.