Sharon Van Zeeland is a Six Sigma certified manager with expertise in commercial and technical leadership, including business development, investor relations, strategic planning, sales, product design and reliability engineering.
An alumnus of Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She also graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science in Business Administration. Additionally, she earned a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry from Case Western Reserve University and completed their Leadership Deep Dive executive education program.
Sharon is currently employed as director, Corporate Development Operations at Rockwell Automation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the operations side of Rockwell Automation’s Corporate Development activities including leading business strategy review, engaging with investors and consultants, supporting future venture activities, contributing to development and maintenance of the acquisitions, and continuously improving the corporate development processes.
Prior to her role at Rockwell, Sharon was the Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development at Fairmount Santrol where she was responsible for activities associated with the capture and integration of new business opportunities. Her activities there included successful acquisitions in the areas of sand mining, distribution terminals, resin manufacturing, coating technology and international expansion into Europe. In 2013, she led the integration of Fairmount’s largest acquisition which increased mining capacities and employee counts by 30 percent. In addition, since Fairmount Santrol’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in October 2014, Sharon was accountable for creating and helping to communicate key messages about the company’s performance to the investment community. As the leader or key member of critical enhancement teams, she worked collaboratively across functions to increase profitability, reduce costs, increase sustainable efforts, improve product capabilities and optimize Fairmount’s network systems.
Earlier in Sharon’s career, she held various manager level positions within General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems. During her development of a reliability testing department at the Packard Electric division of Delphi, Sharon was featured in Woman Engineer magazine.
Sharon also works well in other cultures. Her extensive international business experience includes analyzing engineering design systems for Delphi while living in Japan and acting as the program manager for a business acquisition in Mexico for Fairmount Santrol.
Sharon resides in Chardon, Ohio with her husband and two teenage children and recently completed a six-year term on the board of trustees for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio. She is a strong supporter of technical education programming and serves as an Industrial Advisory Board Member for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology at Kent State University. In addition, she completed the Susan B. Komen “3 day” (60 mile walk) in Cleveland in support of cancer research. She has also been a strong supporter of United Way Services of Geauga County for the past 8 years volunteering in various capacities.
Sharon and her husband joined SVP in February 2015 and have been involved with our Investment Team, our Education Team, brainstorming and consulting sessions, and with Fast Pitch coaching.