Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> September 22, 2003

Kirk Morton – Key Technology Inc (ktec)

KIRK MORTON is President and Chief Executive Officer of Key Technology, Inc. Mr. Morton leads Key Technology with nearly two decades of sales and management experience in the agricultural and food processing industries. He joined the company in January 1999 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, with responsibility for Key's worldwide sales network as well as overall responsibility for Key's European operating subsidiary, Key Technology B.V. Two years later, in February 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company, both foreign and domestic. Mr. Morton was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2003. Prior to joining Key, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stein, Inc., a business unit of FMC Corporation that produces frying, coating and cooking equipment for the food industry worldwide, and as Director of Sales and Marketing in the Citrus Processing division of FMC. Previously, he served in a number of other management positions with FMC Corporation and Ford Motor Company's Tractor Operations. Key Technology, headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems for food processing and industrial markets. Key has several manufacturing facilities in Washington and Oregon, as well as a facility in the Netherlands, and maintains sales and services offices all over the world. Mr. Morton is a 1983 graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics. In 1993, he received an MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Mr. Morton serves on the board of directors of the local YMCA, and is a member of the finance committee of that organization. He is also a member of the Walla Walla College School of Business Advisory Council. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief overview of Key Technology?

Mr. Morton: Key Technology provides process automation and process

control solutions for customers in the food processing