Joseph C. Bartolacci

Joseph C. Bartolacci

President and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph C. Bartolacci was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Matthews in 2006, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2005. Prior thereto, he held various positions within Matthews, including President, Casket Division; Executive Vice President of Matthews; President, Matthews Europe; President, Caggiati, S.p.A. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Matthews) and General Counsel of Matthews. Mr. Bartolacci provides management’s perspective in Board decisions about the business and strategic direction of the Company. He has firsthand operating experience in many of the Company’s diverse global businesses and brings a well-developed understanding of the industries in which the Company operates, as well as the opportunities within those industries to drive shareholder value. Mr. Bartolacci received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Vincent College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Bartolacci serves on the Special Committee of the Board. He also serves on the boards of various subsidiaries of Matthews. Other than the Company, Mr. Bartolacci serves on the board of Federated Hermes, a global investment management company and publicly-traded company.

Ronald C. Awenowicz

Ronald C. Awenowicz

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Ron is responsible for the vision, design and governance of human resources strategies through a global service delivery model in the Americas. His oversight includes Corporate Communications, Culture & Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, HR Information Systems, Data Analytics/Reporting, HR Service Center, Compliance and Employee Relations.

Ron was previously Vice President, Human Resources Americas at Matthews International, in which he developed and managed the overall employee relations, business partner and talent acquisition initiatives. Key duties included measuring manager effectiveness, culture initiatives, employee engagement and legal compliance programs.

Ron first joined Matthews International in February 2015. He previously held many HR management roles in the financial services and manufacturing industries as well as finance and retail banking roles.

Ron received his bachelor's degree in Marketing from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gregory S. Babe

Gregory S. Babe

Chief Technology Officer

Gregory S. Babe has served on the Board of Directors since November 2010. Mr. Babe has served as the Matthews Chief Technology Officer since November 2015, and prior to that served as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Global Information Technology and Integration starting in November 2014. Mr. Babe also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University spin out. From July 2012 to June 2013, Mr. Babe served as Chief Executive Officer of Orbital Engineering, Inc., a privately held engineering services company. Mr. Babe retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC in June 2012. Mr. Babe was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Corporation and Senior Bayer Representative for the United States and Canada in October 2008. Mr. Babe was responsible for the North American activities of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In addition, he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a producer of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America, from July 2004 until June 2012. Mr. Babe is considered well-qualified to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors based on his experience as a Chief Executive Officer of a multinational manufacturing company. He possesses a strong background in manufacturing and regulatory and government affairs. Mr. Babe is a member of the Finance and Special Committees. He serves on the board of the Benedum Foundation, where he is a member of the investment committee. Mr. Babe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Davor Brkovich

Davor Brkovich

Chief Information Officer

Davor is responsible for the Matthews Enterprise IT function including applications support, IT infrastructure, strategic programs, cyber security and compliance.  He joined Matthews in 2017 as the Director, Global IT Infrastructure where he led a number of transformation and efficiency initiatives. 

Prior to joining Matthews, Davor held various IT leadership roles in CPG companies and professional services firms.  He was most recently the Head of IT Operations for the Kraft Heinz Company. Collectively, Davor has more than 25 years of experience in IT Operations, IT Infrastructure, Information Security & Compliance and IT Audit.   Davor is also an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy graduate school.

Davor has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems both from Duquesne University. 

Brian J. Dunn

Brian J. Dunn

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Brian manages various corporate functions and serves as Group President for Matthews Automation Solutions and Matthews Environmental Solutions. He collaborates with the various division management teams to set strategy and support the creation of tactics and techniques necessary to deliver the committed financial results.

Brian has held many roles during his career, including an engineer, salesman, regional sales manager, global sales manager, division president and group president for three companies serving a variety of markets. During his tenure with Matthews Brand Solutions, the group grew from $200M to $500M in revenue while expanding both the service offering and the geographic markets served.

Brian holds a BS of Engineering degree from Oregon State University and an MBA in Hi-Technology Business from Northeastern University.

Steven D. Gackenbach

Steven D. Gackenbach

Executive Vice President (Group President, Memorialization)

Steve has served as Group President, Memorialization for Matthews International since 2011.  In this role, he leads Matthews’ Cemetery Products Division and the Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions Division.  Prior to this role, Steve was Matthews Memorialization’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Before joining Matthews, Steve was employed by Kraft Foods where he spent almost 20 years in general management, strategy and marketing roles.

Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Reena Gurtner

Reena Gurtner

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Reena is responsible for the vision, development and governance of the global human resources strategy for SGK, Saueressig Group and Talent & Organization Effectiveness.

Reena was previously Vice President, Human Resources at Matthews International for Asia, Middle East and Africa where she played a critical role in developing strategies, implementing innovative solutions for business issues and driving operational excellence for the expansion and profitability of the region.

Reena joined SGK in 2013 and brings over 25 years of international HR experience having worked across diverse industries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining the Company, Reena worked as the Global Senior Vice President, HR for a shipping, oil and gas company, digital marketing firm and held various HR leadership roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts across the globe.

Reena has a master’s degree in human resources management from Temple University and is a certified Professional Executive Coach.

Gary R. Kohl

Gary R. Kohl

Executive Vice President (President, SGK Brand Solutions)

Since becoming SGK’s president in 2017, Gary has led SGK in the most significant transformation in its history, reshaping the company to lead in the constantly disruptive communications industry.

Throughout SGK’s continuing transformation, Gary has worked to ensure that operations are tightly synced worldwide with a new business strategy, technologies are keenly focused on enabling marketing operations excellence, and there is renewed focus on diversity and inclusion.

Gary has also led the way in preparing the organization for change as a continuous growth process and not an event. Under his leadership, SGK has become a more agile, outcome-focused business partner to its clients, helping them simplify their marketing to amplify their brands and grow.

Prior to his current position, Gary was executive vice president, global development at SGK where he played a critical role on the Executive Leadership Team, developing strategies to accelerate growth and profitability across our regions.

Gary’s background prior to joining SGK includes executive and senior level positions in sales, marketing and general management. Most recently, he served as group senior vice president, digital solutions, global packaging and printed electronics groups at RR Donnelley.

Gary is also a member of the Matthews International Executive Leadership Team.

Gary earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and completed executive coursework at Columbia University and The Kellogg School of Management. Gary also achieved Champion Level Six Sigma Certification.

Steven F. Nicola

Steven F. Nicola

Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Steve was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer for Matthews International in 2013. He serves on the boards of various subsidiaries of Matthews International Corporation.

He previously held the role of Vice President, Accounting and Finance. Prior to that position, Steve was the Corporate Controller. He joined Matthews in 1992 as Manager, Tax Planning and International Accounting.

Prior to joining Matthews, Steve was a manager with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris College in 1982.

Brian D. Walters

Brian D. Walters

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Brian joined Matthews in 2005 as corporate counsel for the Company at a time when Matthews' global expansion was just beginning.

In 2009, Brian was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel where he directs and manages all legal matters for Matthews, both nationally and internationally.

Brian also serves as a member of Matthews' executive leadership team, secretary for the nominating and corporate governance committee of Matthews' Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing the corporation's evolving compliance programs, including anti-corruption, export controls, insider trading, anti-trust and others. Brian worked in private practice for ten years prior to joining Matthews. A graduate of Boston College and Duquesne University School of Law, Brian was a member of the Order of Barristers and a published author and editor of the Duquesne Law Review.