Executive Management and Board of Directors
As a publicly listed company, Vicon Industries has a dynamic Management Team and Board of Directors working to lead the company in a forward-thinking and innovative direction.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Joined Vicon in 2018
Saagar Govil was appointed to serve as Vicon’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board In March 2018. Mr. Govil also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Cemtrex, Inc. since December 2011 and Chairman of its Board since June 2014. Prior to becoming the CEO of Cemtrex, Inc., he was Vice President of Operations, responsible for sales, marketing, production, and engineering. He began his career as an applications engineer providing customer support on-site and designing turn-key engineered systems for various customers and projects. Saagar Govil has a B.E. in Materials Engineering from Stony Brook University, N.Y and was recently named #17 on Business Insider’s “Top 100 of Silicon Alley” and “Top 40 Under 40” by Stony Brook University.
John M. Badke
Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
Joined Vicon in 1992
John M. Badke was appointed to serve as Vicon’s Chief Operating Officer in March 2018 in connection with the Cemtrex, Inc. investment transaction and continues to serve as its Chief Financial Officer since 1999. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer since August 2016. Prior to that time, he was Vice President, Finance since 1998 and served as Controller since joining the Company in 1992. Before joining Vicon, Mr. Badke was Controller for NEK Cable, Inc. and an audit manager with the international accounting firms of Arthur Andersen & Co. and Peat Marwick Main & Co.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Joined Vicon in 1993
Bret McGowan has been Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the Americas since June 2012. Previously, Mr. McGowan served in varying Sales and Marketing Vice President capacities since 2001. Prior to that, he served as Director of Marketing since 1998 and as Marketing Manager since 1994. He joined the company in 1993 as a Marketing Specialist. Mr. McGowan has a Masters in Business and Marketing from Hofstra University.
Managing Director – EMEA
Joined Vicon in 2010
Mark Provinsal is the Managing Director for Vicon’s subsidiary operation for EMEA. Prior to joining Vicon in 2010, he served as the Executive Vice President for Dedicated Micros Inc. (USA) and Director of Marketing and Product Management at IPIX Corporation. Mr. Provinsal holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the United States Military Academy.
Vice President, Operations
Joined Vicon in 1974
Peter Horn has been Vice President of Operations at Vicon Industries since 2000. He is responsible for Supply Chain Management, Quality, Customer Support and Professional Services. In prior years Mr. Horn has served as Vice President of Quality and Compliance from 1995 to 2000, as well as Vice President of New Products and Technical Services from 1990 to 1995. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Vice President of Engineering responsible for the design and development for all hardware and software design and development, including the initial development of Vicon’s video product line, including cameras and monitors. In prior years he has held other positions within the company including the development and management of a formal quality department, as well as marketing since starting as a technician in 1974.
Cindy B. Schneider
Joined Vicon in 2014
Cindy B. Schneider has been an Executive Assistant with Vicon Industries since 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Schneider was an Executive Assistant with Keen Consultants, LLC, a real estate advisory and restructuring firm, for more than 12 years and an Administrative Assistant with Taylor Environmental Group. During her college years, she attended Nassau Community College, studying Liberal Arts & Sciences and Business Administration.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Joined Board in 2018
Saagar Govil was appointed to the Board in 2018 and currently serves as Chairman. Additionally, Mr. Govil is Vicon’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Govil also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Cemtrex, Inc. since December 2011 and Chairman of its Board since June 2014. Prior to becoming the CEO of Cemtrex, Inc., he was Vice President of Operations, responsible for sales, marketing, production, and engineering. He began his career as an applications engineer providing customer support on-site and designing turn-key engineered systems for various customers and projects. Saagar Govil has a B.E. in Materials Engineering from Stony Brook University, N.Y and was recently named #17 on Business Insider’s “Top 100 of Silicon Alley” and “Top 40 Under 40” by Stony Brook University.
Member of the Board
Joined Board in 2018
Aron Govil, a Director of Cemtrex, Inc. and its principal shareholder since December 2014, was appointed to Vicon’s Board of Directors in March 2018. Mr. Govil had previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer of Cemtrex, Inc. until December 2011 and as Chairman of its Board until June 2014. Mr. Govil is also the controlling shareholder of Ducon Infratechnolgies Limited an India based publicly traded company operating in the information technology sector where he has served as its Managing Director and Chairman of the Board since 2015. Mr. Govil also serves as the President of Ducon Technologies Inc., a privately held company engaged in energy and environmental control systems business since 1996. Prior to 1996, Mr. Govil worked at various management and technical positions in the environmental industry. Mr. Govil holds a B.E. degree in Chemical Engineering and a M.B.A. in Finance. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in NY and NJ.
Steven E. Walin
Member of the Board
Joined Board in 2016
Mr. Steven E. Walin served as the Chief Executive Officer of GVI Security Solutions, Inc., a developer and distributor of video surveillance solutions, where he retired from in 2011 to manage personal investments in both the security and consumer finance industries. He also served as the company’s Chairman of the Board prior to its acquisition in 2009. Mr. Walin served as the President of General Electric’s Security Enterprise Solutions Group from 2003 to 2006 and previously served as the Senior Vice President of North American Security for the Security Systems Division of Siemens Building Technologies since 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Walin served in various senior level capacities for companies serving the broad security market. Mr. Walin brings extensive knowledge of video and broader security markets having spent his entire career in the industry. He also brings general senior level operational experience to the Board.
Warren J. White
Member of the Board
Joined Board in 2016
Mr. Warren J. White served as the Senior Vice President of Global Business Engineering for CGI Group Inc., a publicly listed international IT services provider, where he retired in 2012. He previously served as the Vice President of Information Technology and Global Procurement at Alcan Aluminum until 2003. Mr. White presently works as an independent consultant in Information Technology and teaches related subjects at the John Molson School of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors for a number publicly listed companies, including Supremex Inc., Circa Enterprises Inc. and Titan Logix Corp. Mr. White brings extensive experience in information technology, international operations, strategic planning, public company oversight and finance, having started his career as a licensed accountant.
Independent Director, Member of the Board
Joined Board in 1992
Arthur D. Roche served as Executive Vice President and co-participant in the office of the President of Vicon Industries from August 1993 until his retirement in November 1999. For the six months prior to that time, Roche provided consulting services to Vicon Industries. In October 1991, Roche retired as a partner of Arthur Andersen & Co., an international accounting firm which he joined in 1960. Roche brings extensive company knowledge and financial experience having served as the company’s Executive Vice President and formerly serving as a partner with an international public accounting firm. Roche brings particular insight to the Board based on his former management responsibilities and provides strategic planning and financial oversight.