David Burdakin

Positions: 

Executive VP and President at JBT AeroTech

Education: 

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University

David Burdakin joined JBT as a Vice President and Division Manager of JBT AeroTech in January 2014 and was appointed Executive Vice President and President of JBT AeroTech in May 2014.

David has over 30 years of experience in industrial manufacturing and executive leadership, and has led Lean transformations at three different businesses. Prior to joining JBT, he was an independent consultant and the Non-Executive Chairman of Mayline Corporation, a private equity owned industrial company. From 2007 to 2012, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Brands, a leading manufacturer of attachment tools for construction equipment. Following the sale of Paladin by Dover Corporation in late 2011, he worked for the new private equity owners during a transition period and then rejoined Dover Corporation on contract as an independent consultant. Prior to Paladin, he progressed through various leadership roles at HNI Corporation (1993 to 2007), including seven years as President of The HON Company, HNI's largest operating company. Before joining HNI, he held various roles at Illinois Tool Works and Bendix Industrial Group.

From 2002-2008, Mr. Burdakin also served as Director, Wabash National Corporation, a NYSE industrial company and was elected Lead Director in 2006.

Mr. Burdakin holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Class Year: 

1977

Employer: 

JBT AeroTech