Board of Directors

Gregg C. Sengstack

Chairperson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company

Gregg C. Sengstack

Chairperson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company

Principal Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2014.

Formerly: President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 2011-2014; prior thereto, Senior Vice President and President, International Water and Fueling Systems Group from 2007-2011; prior thereto, Senior Vice President, International Water and Fueling Systems from 2005 to 2007 and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company from 1999-2005.

Directorships – Public Companies: Woodward, Inc.

Relevant Experience: Mr. Sengstack received his bachelor's degree in math and economics from Bucknell University and his MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Sengstack joined the Company in 1988 and has significant experience holding various positions in the Company, which provides the Board with a unique depth of understanding of the Company's markets and businesses that is beneficial to the Board in its deliberations. Mr. Sengstack's long tenure with the Company also helps give the Board a historical perspective of the Company.

Vic Grizzle

Director of the Company

Vic Grizzle

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions, since 2016.

Formerly: Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Building Products from 2011 to 2016; prior thereto, Group President of Global Structures, Coatings and Tubing for Valmont Industries, a global leader of infrastructure and manufacturer of mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale farming. And prior to Valmont Industries, held several General Management positions over 16 years with the General Electric Company.

Relevant Experience: Mr. Grizzle received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University. He brings to the Board his experience as CEO of Armstrong, in addition to extensive senior leadership experience in the areas of international business, acquisitions, process improvement, sales and marketing for large, publicly traded manufacturing companies.

Renee J. Peterson

Director of the Company

Renee J. Peterson

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of The Toro Company, since 2011.

Formerly: Vice President, Finance and Planning of Eaton Corporation from 2008 to 2011; prior thereto, Vice President and Division Chief Financial Officer of the Aerospace and Defense Segment of Honeywell International Inc. Peterson held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility throughout her Honeywell career from 1983 to 2008.

Relevant Experience: Ms. Peterson received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Saint Cloud State University and her MBA from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Peterson brings financial and operational experience at two large manufacturers that provides the Board with specific expertise and assists in its deliberations. At Toro, Ms. Peterson also provides leadership oversight of the Information Systems function. Her background enables her to serve as an "audit committee financial expert."

Alok Maskara

Director of the Company

Alok Maskara

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Lennox International Inc. since May 2022.

Formerly: Chief Executive Officer of Luxfer Holdings PLC, an international industry company focused on advanced materials. Prior thereto, business segment President at Pentair PLC, a water solutions company, for eight years where he led businesses of progressively larger sizes. Prior to Pentair, Mr. Maskara was employed by General Electric Corporation where he gained significant experience in Lean Manufacturing. Mr. Maskara also worked at McKinsey & Company in both their Chicago and Amsterdam offices where he advised businesses on industrial turnarounds and driving growth through customer insights and segmentation.

Relevant Experience: Mr. Maskara holds a M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has nearly thirty years of leadership experience in multiple manufacturing and technology industries, including advanced materials, water and flow technologies, and electrical protection.

Jennifer L. Sherman

Director of the Company

Jennifer L. Sherman

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Federal Signal Corporation, makers of safety, signaling and communications equipment, environmental vehicles and machinery components.

Formerly: Chief Operating Officer of Federal Signal from 2014 to 2015; Chief Administrative Officer of Federal Signal from 2010 to 2014 and General Counsel of Federal Signal from 2004 to 2010.

Relevant Experience: Ms. Sherman received her bachelor's degree in business administration and her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. She is also a fellow of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ms. Sherman's background has provided her with a broad range of experiences that will complement the Board. Specifically, Ms. Sherman’s experience includes, but is not limited to, compliance, human resources, legal issues, governance and business operations. Consequently, Ms. Sherman has the background and capability to serve as an important member to the Management Organization and Compensation Committee.

David M. Wathen

Director of the Company

David M. Wathen

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Retired in 2016.

Formerly: President and Chief Executive Officer of TriMas Corporation, a manufacturer of engineered products, from 2009-2016; prior thereto, President and Chief Executive Officer, Balfour Beatty, Inc. (U.S. Operations), an engineering, construction and building management services company, from 2002-2006; prior thereto, Group Executive/Corporate Officer, Eaton Corporation, a global technology leader in diversified power management solutions, from 1997-2000.

Relevant Experience: Mr. Wathen received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from Saint Francis College. Mr. Wathen brings to the Board his experience as CEO of two companies and leadership positions in others, including over twenty years direct technical and general management experience in the same industry as the Company and direct experience managing electrical businesses serving pump OEMs and distributor channels similar to those served by the Company. His background enables him to serve as an "audit committee financial expert". His experience on the Board of the Company also helps give the Board a historical perspective in its deliberations.

Thomas R. VerHage

Director of the Company

Thomas R. VerHage

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Retired in 2011.

Formerly: Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Donaldson Company, Inc., a worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts, from 2004 until 2011; prior thereto, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, a major international accounting and consulting firm, from 2002 to 2004; prior thereto, Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP, a consulting and accounting firm, from 1976 to 2002.

Relevant Experience: Mr. VerHage received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. VerHage adds to the Board his financial and accounting expertise from his experience as CFO of Donaldson Company, Inc. and his prior experience with two major public accounting firms. His background enables him to serve as an “audit committee financial expert.”

Chris Villavarayan

Director of the Company

Chris Villavarayan

Director of the Company

Principal Occupation: Former Chief Executive Officer and President of Meritor, Inc., a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

Formerly: Mr. Villavarayan has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since joining Meritor, Inc. in June 2000, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and prior thereto, Senior Vice President and President, Global Truck segment.

Relevant Experience: Mr. Villavarayan holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Villavarayan has over twenty years of significant global manufacturing operations experience, providing the Board with specific expertise in the areas of engineering, product development, manufacturing, plant management and operations.

Nasdaq Board Diversity Matrix Disclosure

Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Rule requires companies listed on its U.S. exchange to publicly disclose board-level diversity statistics. In compliance with the Board Diversity Rule, the Company is providing the following information, which was self-reported by each of its directors:

Board Diversity Matrix for Franklin Electric Co., Inc.

As of 7/15/2022
Part I: Gender Identity Female Male Non-Binary Did Not Disclose Gender
Directors 2 6 0 0
Part II: Demographic Background
African American or Black 0 0 0 0
Alaskan Native or American Indian 0 0 0 0
Asian 0 2 0 0
Hispanic or Latinx 0 0 0 0
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0 0 0
White 2 6 0 0
Two or More Races or Ethnicities 0 0 0 0
LGBTQ+ 0
Did Not Disclose Demographic Background 0
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