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Dennis Williams received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech in 1968. Following graduation, Dennis began a 28-year career at GE, which started in the Aircraft Engine business. In the early 70's, he left GE to join the Semiconductor Equipment Division of Varian Associates where he met his wife, Roseanne. In the late 1970's, he returned to GE's Aircraft Engine business. Over the next 10 years, Dennis held several jobs with increasing responsibility that included the leadership of the Small Commercial Engine business where he led GE's entry into the regional jet market. In 1988, he was promoted to president of the Aerospace business in Europe, Middle East and Africa based in London. In 1990, Dennis was named Chairman and CEO of GE Canada and became a GE Corporate Officer. After 2 years in Canada, Dennis returned to the Aircraft Engine business and was responsible for all the Military and Small Commercial engines. In 1996, he moved to Florence, Italy to run Nuovo Pignone, a company GE had acquired that manufactured gas turbines, compressors and special systems for the oil and gas industry. This move delighted his artist wife! Over the next 4-1/2 years, the business was nearly quadrupled in size through organic growth and acquisitions and became the cornerstone for GE's newly formed Oil and Gas business. In mid 2000, Dennis left GE and moved to Chicago to become Chairman and CEO of IDEX Corp. Over the next 5 years, the company was transformed into one of the leading mid-cap diversified industrial companies. In 2005, he retired from the CEO position and a year later from the Chairman's role. Dennis currently serves on the board of AMETEK. He was also on the board of Washington Group International, Owen-Illinois, and Actuant. Dennis served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, is past-Chairman of Palm Beach Opera, is a director on the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation Board and currently is a member of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering advisory Board. He also finds time to race old America's Cup 12 Metre sailboats during the summer in Newport, RI.