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PROFILES
ground-breaking medical advancements," O'Sullivan says.
On the Connect side, CTS is focusing its portfolio on EMI/RFI filters,
frequency control products, radio
frequency filters and other electronic
components. These products enable
communications between wireless
devices and help support some of the
largest industrial and technology companies in the world. "Our products in the
Connect area can filter radio frequencies or maintain timing of communication devices, keeping everything in
sync," O'Sullivan notes. "These timing
devices are even used on the New York
Stock Exchange to determine the exact
moment a trade occurs."
For the Move category of products,
CTS offers high-performance piezoelectric materials, actuators and thermal
products for a wide range of applications.
"Within the Move category, our piezo
products vary greatly from our actuators
that serve the automotive industry,"
O'Sullivan explains. "These actuators
can be found on some of the harshest environments, whereas our piezo products
use an entirely different technology and
control precise movements for industries such as inkjet printing."
These products help CTS on its
mission to be the leading provider of
sensing and motion devices, as well as
connectivity components.
Diverse Background
O'Sullivan began his engineering career
in the Air Force in Ireland. Soon after, he
joined Motorola's Energy Products Group.
RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, USA
is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has 18 manufacturing plants in North
America, Europe, and Asia, and sales representatives located throughout the world. Engineers from RTP Company
develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60
different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high
temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. For
more information, visit www.rtpcompany.com.

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provider of sensing and motion devices, as
well as connectivity components.

Having held several roles, including
manufacturing and in business leadership, O'Sullivan moved from Ireland to
the United States. In 2005, he made the
transition to leading Motorola's Automotive Group. "That was a very big change for
me," he says. "Going from a high-volume
cellphone industry to automotive, which is
more predictable. It has its ups and downs,
but there are longer economic cycles."
After his time at Motorola, O'Sullivan
became executive vice president for
Continental AG, a global automotive
supplier, running the global infotainment and connectivity division for six
years. He then joined CTS, a company
that offered an assortment of different
industry opportunities. "I have experience across all of the major markets that
CTS serves," O'Sullivan says. "I thought
I could add some value to the company.
The first thing I did when I joined CTS

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was gain a better understanding of the
company, evaluate what we were good
at and adapt a strategy. We launched a
strategy in late 2013 that set the tone for
our new identity we are defining today."
New Identity
O'Sullivan's initial strategy of simplifying, focusing and driving profitable
growth was the first step in CTS' journey
toward a new identity. It refocused and
simplified the company's core business
around the capabilities of Sense, Connect and Move, prompting the sale of a
business that did not align with these
concepts. Additionally, it realigned the
organization to drive growth.
O'Sullivan explains that finding the
right people that are customer-focused,
nimble, direct and hands-on helps keep
up the momentum and culture within
the company. "CTS is a company that's


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