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Ascential Technologies Appoints Divisional CEO to Specialty Industrial Division

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 16, 2024 – Ascential Technologies, a provider of automated diagnostic, inspection and test equipment and services across a wide range of industries, has appointed Scott Watts as the divisional CEO of its Specialty Industrial division. This division includes the company’s Transportation division, better known within the automotive industry as Burke Porter and its General Industries line of businesses. The two are among divisions that encompass 45 global offices and 2300 employees across 25 countries.  

In his new role, Watts will provide leadership for the execution of Specialty Industrial’s strategic goals, while building its go-to-market and operational capabilities to increase customer focus and satisfaction. 

We are so pleased to welcome Scott to this new position,” said Jeff Moss, CEO, Ascential Technologies. “For the last year, he has served as the interim president of our Medical & Life Sciences group, where he drove tremendous transformation of the business. He has a deep passion for our Specialty Industrial business and his experience is certain to be impactful as we continue to address our customers’ needs.”

Watts has held leadership roles working with automation integrators to meet the diverse needs of automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers, along with positions of progressive responsibility and executive leadership at Dematic Corp. for over six years. Most recently, he served as the company’s global chief operating officer overseeing project engineering, procurement, manufacturing, quality assurance and additional operations with approximately 3,500 employees globally. His experience with Dematic, a leading provider of intelligent automated solutions for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, also includes serving as CEO, Americas, where he oversaw operations with 1,500 employees generating over $1.5B in revenue. 

Watts holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Accounting from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Michigan State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Ascential Technologies. 

The new Specialty Industrial Division serves a variety of markets including automotive, aviation, metalworking, appliance, electric motors and more with automated assembly and testing solutions that ensure safety and performance of the product. Solutions encompass end-of-line-testing across vehicles including environmental compliance and onboard diagnostics, as well as equipment for balancing, vibrations, non-destructive, leak, hydraulic, and electrical and performance testing.

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Scott Watts, divisional CEO, Specialty Industrial, Ascential Technologies

About Ascential Technologies
Ascential Technologies, (formerly known as Burke Porter Group), designs, develops, and automates complex diagnostics, inspection and test processes across medical & life sciences, transportation, and specialty industrial end markets. The company tackles customers’ most demanding, mission-critical challenges where the cost of failure is high. With more than 70 years of innovation experience, Ascential has a global presence and the expertise of more than 2,300 professionals across 40 locations, helping customers accelerate critical solution innovation, mitigate risk, drive competitive differentiation, and shorten time to market, at scale. The company’s uniqueness lies in its commitment to guiding customers through the entire product life cycle, from ideation to commercialization, where quality and safety matter most. Ascential’s customers include Fortune 100 leaders and disruptive innovators, including 3M, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Electrolux, GM, Medtronic, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Volkswagen. Learn more at

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