Dave Burdakin '77 has recently joined the John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) as Vice President and Division Manager, JBT AeroTech. JBT is a leading global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries.
Budakin served as Non-Executive Chairman of Mayline Corporation, a private equity owned industrial company. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Brands, a leading independent manufacturer of attachment tools for construction equipment including mobile aviation support equipment.
At Paladin, Burdakin was recruited to integrate eight independent businesses and to significantly improve results while strengthening the leadership team, and during this time, Burdakin led a team that notably improved profitability through lean and other initiatives, and substantially improved working capital.
Prior to Paladin, Burdakin also spent fourteen years at HNI Corporation, including seven years as President of The HON Company, HNI's largest operating company. Burdakin holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.