Mr. Batten was elected Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2013. He has been employed by Twin Disc, Inc. since 1996 when he joined the Company as an Applications Engineer. He has since held the positions of Commercial Manager – Marine; Vice President and General Manager, Marine Products; Executive Vice President; President and Chief Operations Officer and most recently President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Batten became a director of the Company in 2002.
Mr. Batten earned a BA in History from Yale University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2004 he completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Batten is a member of the Board of Directors at Charter Manufacturing and at Walker Forge.
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Knutson is responsible for the financial leadership of the organization including developing financial strategy, overseeing the capital structure of the Company, reporting and certifying the Company's financial information, and investor relations. He also holds the position of Treasurer, in addition to his role as Vice President - Finance and Secretary.
Prior to his employment at Twin Disc, Mr. Knutson was employed by Tower Automotive - Milwaukee Division as Controller and also held various financial positions at several divisions of Invensys, Bucyrus International and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Knutson has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Wisconsin.
Executive Leadership Team
Mr. Bratel has responsibility for the Company’s global Sales, Application Engineering, Aftersales and Service, and Product Management functions. Since joining the company in 1987, he has held numerous positions including: Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, Chief Engineer, Director of Corporate Engineering, Vice President of Engineering, Vice President Americas, and Vice President Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Bratel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.
Promoted to Vice President - Corporate Engineering in January of 2015, Mr. Gee directs Twin Disc¹s Global Engineering strategy. Since joining the Company in 1990, Mr. Gee has spent his entire career employed by Twin Disc. He has held several positions including: Experimental Engineer, Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering.
Mr. Gee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Lawrence University.