Legendary Molex leader Martin P. Slark will retire from his role as the company’s chief executive officer in November. Slark started with the company in 1976 in England and has held numerous leadership positions around the world. He served as president of Molex’s Far East South Region from 1988 to 1994 and as president of the Americas Region from 1994 to 1999. Following that, Slark was an executive vice president from 1999 to 2001, when he took over as Chief Operating Officer until 2005, when he assumed the role of CEO. Molex Chief Operating Officer Joe Nelligan will become CEO upon Slark’s departure.

Slark’s vision and leadership helped shape the company’s growth and identity during critical times of technological change. He oversaw numerous key developments, including the expansion of the company’s expertise through strategic acquisitions; the doubling of the company’s revenues, profits, and workforce; and the 2013 acquisition of Molex by Koch Industries. Today, Molex touches nearly every market and leads innovation in areas ranging from medicine, defense, and infrastructure to autonomous vehicles and consumer devices.