Windsor, Ontario, Canada – January 9, 2023 – After twelve years of incredible work to further our Valiant TMS mission and values, Tony Elias has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 13, 2023.
Tony has done a remarkable job leading Valiant TMS. He navigated our team through the global pandemic and helped guide the company into becoming a leading provider of automation solutions that are helping our customers with the shift to E-Mobility.
Tony Elias joined Valiant TMS as Vice President, Operations in July 2010 and was named CEO in July 2017. During his time as CEO, Valiant TMS has enjoyed stable growth and has become a leader in digital transformation and Industry 4.0 technology integration, improving the way companies automate their factories. He leaves the company in a better position than it was five years ago when he was appointed CEO.
“I informed the Board that I have decided to leave Valiant TMS. This has been a difficult decision as I leave behind a strong and talented global team whose support I could always count on; professionals who I am confident will continue to delight our customers. I look forward to making a smooth transition and I am confident that our experienced and capable leadership team will continue the positive momentum that Valiant TMS has established,” said Tony Elias.
On behalf of the Board and the entire Valiant TMS team, we thank Tony and wish him the best.
The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Sladjan Milidrag as President of Valiant TMS North America. Sladjan has held various executive management positions in his 24-year tenure at Valiant TMS.
In his most recent role as Vice President of our Automation and Assembly, and Valco Manufacturing groups, Sladjan provided oversight and guidance on all functional aspects of these business units, including sales, advance planning, engineering, program management, manufacturing, and after-sales support.
“We have exceptional people here at Valiant TMS and it’s an honor for me to lead and serve the North American team as President. Technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace and enabling us to improve the way products are manufactured while creating safer and more efficient workplaces. I’m excited about our future and looking forward to working with our global team as we continue to deliver intelligent automation solutions that create smart and sustainable factories for the world’s leading companies,” said Sladjan Milidrag.
Valiant TMS is a full-service Industry 4.0 system integrator, leading the way in digitalization, process development, design, and technology integration. The company specializes in welding and joining, automated assembly and test, industrial parts washers, and final assembly systems. Founded in 1959, Valiant TMS has 1,500 team members in 20 facilities in 11 countries.
For more information, contact:
Danielle Gignac, Executive Director, Global Human Resources, Valiant TMS