Manufacturing: ROB WERGE
PRESIDENT and CEO, CADENCE INC., STAUNTON
In May, Werge was named president and CEO of the high-tech medical device maker, succeeding Alan Connor, who led the company for a decade.
Over the span of Werge’s career, he’s held leadership positions with several other contract manufacturers, including Nypro and Phillips-Medisize, where he served as vice president and general manager of its global commercial division. At Nypro, Werge led several global businesses, including automotive and consumer electronics, as well as its India operations.
Cadence employs more than 500 people and has additional locations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
It was acquired in 2018 by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. for an undisclosed amount.
In May, Cadence announced a new “intro to machining camp” partnership with Blue Ridge Community College to help students interested in pursuing a career in machinery. The camp consists of hands-on training and field trips to various manufacturing facilities, including Cadence, within the Shenandoah Valley over a two-week period. Cadence will guarantee a job interview for anyone who successfully completes the camp.