Leadership

Belle Chou, SW President

Belle Chou       President

Belle Chou succeeded the founder of SW Safety Solutions Inc. (SWSS), Madam C.H. Kao as CEO and President in 1995. Belle has a passion for product innovation and has been awarded multiple US and international patents and trademarks. Most notable was her invention of aloe vera and skin-enhancing gloves and manufacturing methods.

Belle was raised in Taiwan and South Africa and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance in 1989. Prior to her current responsibility, Belle held various positions at SWSS in sales and marketing, manufacturing and R&D in support of the company’s growth.

She firmly believes in building true partnerships, caring for customers and helping promote their success.

Belle’s passions away from work include philanthropy, traveling and reading. 

 


Willis Chou, SW Chief Operations Officer

Willis Chou       Chief Operations Officer

Willis is SWSS's Chief Operations Officer, responsible for standardizing procedures across operations, developing manufacturing cost-down programs, and managing the company’s human capital and information technologies. He also co-leads SWSS's community aid and charity giving efforts.

Willis joined SWSS in October 2007 after a 15+ year career in information technology in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the company, he was the Chief Operations Officer at PreferSolar Photovoltaic.

Willis earned a master degree in business administration with a concentration in information technology from California State University, Hayward.

 


Thomas Draskovics, SW Chief Marketing Officer

Thomas Draskovics       Chief Marketing Officer

Tom joined SWSS in April of 2015 as Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for strategic marketing and planning, building winning brands and guiding new product innovation.  Prior to this appointment, Tom served as President and General Manager of the Specialty Markets GBU for Ansell.

Tom has extensive management experience in global marketing, business development and sales leadership. He has held several management positions at Fisher Scientific Corporation including Global Marketing Director, Chemicals. He also worked for National Starch & Chemical Company as Business Unit Director, Bondmaster Adhesives and Global Business Unit Director, Nonwovens as well as numerous other marketing management and technical development/R&D roles.

Tom has an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Chemistry from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

 


Bob Gaither, SW Chief Commercial Officer

Bob Gaither       Chief Commercial Officer

Bob Gaither joined SWSS as Chief Commercial Officer in April of 2015.  Previously, Gaither was senior vice president and regional director for North America at Ansell, where he amassed over 35 years of hand protection experience in the industrial and medical markets.  

Gaither was also instrumental in leading the charge to enhance customer value by leveraging six sigma processes and tools, capitalizing on key growth verticals as well as improving efficiencies and customer service.

Bob is an innovative senior executive with proven success leading sales, marketing and commercial operations.

 


François Turmel, SW Vice President, General Manager EMEA

François Turmel       Vice President, General Manager EMEA

François Turmel is a PPE business executive who has held Marketing and Sales positions at Director level both in North America and Europe for Ansell, the hand protection specialist, Genencor, a global leader in industrial biotech and Tractel, the height safety specialist and a global leader in access to building solutions.

His responsibilities are to build a thriving business in the EMEA for SWSS.