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Rockwell Automation receives 2004 Baird Management Excellence Award

Milwaukee, WI -- Baird, an international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management fi...


November 19, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Milwaukee, WI — Baird, an international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, has named Rockwell Automation as the recipient of its 2004 Baird Management Excellence Award.

The award was presented to Don H. Davis Jr., chairman of Rockwell Automation. The Milwaukee-based industrial automation company has more than 20,000 employees in 80 countries.

Created in 1981, the Baird Management Excellence Award recognizes companies that consistently demonstrate superior performance on behalf of customers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which they operate. Baird selects winners in consultation with officers of the Executive MBA Alumni Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Last year’s recipient was Johnson Controls Inc.

“In hindsight, the 1985 sale of Allen-Bradley to Rockwell was a home run for the community,” said Paul E. Purcell, Baird’s president and chief executive officer. “Thanks to the generosity of the Bradley Foundation and the family, our community has benefited greatly. Thanks to outstanding leadership from Don Davis, Rockwell is an incredible success story and, since 1999, headquartered in Milwaukee.”


Davis joined Allen-Bradley’s sales division in 1963 and over the years held a series of key corporate and business unit executive positions within the company. In 1966, he became a district manager for the company’s sales office in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1979, Davis was appointed general manager of Allen-Bradley’s Programmable Controller Division. A year later, he was named vice-president of that unit. He became vice-president and general manager of the Industrial Control Division in 1982.

Davis was promoted to senior vice-president at Allen-Bradley in 1985, and became head of the Industrial Control Group in 1986. In 1987, Davis was named senior vice-president and general manager of the Industrial Computer and Communication Group, and in 1989 he was appointed president of Allen-Bradley. Prior to his role from 1998 to February 2004 as chairman and CEO, Davis served as executive vice-president and chief operating officer with responsibility for Rockwell International’s automation and former semiconductor systems and automotive components businesses.

Rockwell Automation is the 23rd recipient of the Baird Management Excellence Award, which is presented annually. Previous recipients are Johnson Controls, Inc. (honoured in 1983 and 2003); MGIC; Kohler Co.; Sybron International Corp.; Midwest Express Airlines; Harley-Davidson Inc.; the Green Bay Packers; Fastenal Company; Kohl’s Corp.; Briggs & Stratton Corporation; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Fiserv, Inc.; Manpower Inc.; the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club; Wisconsin Energy Corporation; Oshkosh B’Gosh, Inc.; Ameritech; Quad/Graphics, Inc.; Fort Howard Paper Co.; G. Heileman Brewing Co. Inc.; and Snap-On Tools Corp.