Chairman and CEO
Rockwell Automation | Milwaukee
Blake Moret leads Rockwell Automation, one of the largest manufacturers based in Wisconsin, with about 25,000 employees. Since assuming his role in 2016, Moret has led Rockwell’s “connected enterprise” vision, a term used to describe the combination of traditional automation equipment and software with connected devices and the ability to analyze data to improve business operations. He sits on the National Association of Manufacturers’ board of directors and is a member of the national Business Roundtable.
Education: Bachelor’s, Georgia Institute of Technology
First job: “A summer intern at Rockwell’s Missile Systems Division, working in a quality team assigned to new defense systems. It was very detailed work, and success was based on the accumulated years of many experts working on difficult problems.”
Fun fact: “I recently spent four days kayaking off of Vancouver Island in British Columbia with friends and my 21-year-old son.”
Biggest recent accomplishment: “About a year ago, Rockwell acquired Plex Systems, the leading cloud-native smart manufacturing platform. This was our largest acquisition to date and significantly accelerated our strategy to bring the Connected Enterprise to life.”
Advice for young professionals: “Be relentless. Nothing important is easy. Success takes persistence and a willingness to try different approaches (and sometimes fail) to achieve your goals. Also, don’t ever take a job just because you think you need to in order to get the next one. It will show. You need to have passion for what you spend so much time doing.”