BERWYN, Pa., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) today announced the election of David A. Zapico as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2013. "I am very pleased to announce Dave Zapico's appointment to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Dave has played an instrumental role in the success of AMETEK and is well qualified to take on this new role," noted Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Dave has a demonstrated track-record of delivering exceptional results during his 23 years with AMETEK, most recently as President, Electronic Instrument Group. In this role, Dave has led the strategic growth and operational excellence initiatives that have significantly increased the size, profitability and global capabilities of our Process businesses," commented Mr. Hermance. "Dave has proven himself as a strong, respected leader and invaluable member of the AMETEK management team. His vast operations and engineering expertise paired with his deep strategic understanding of our business makes him an excellent choice for this position," continued Mr. Hermance. "AMETEK has grown significantly and is well positioned for continued strong growth. As a result, putting a Chief Operating Officer in place now will ensure we realize our full growth potential. I look forward to working closely with Dave in future years as we continue to execute on our growth strategies and deliver value to our shareholders," concluded Mr. Hermance. Mr. Zapico has held a variety of engineering and general management positions since joining AMETEK's Process & Analytical Instruments Division in 1990 as a Product Engineer. He was promoted to Division Vice President of the Process Instruments Business Unit for the Process & Analytical Instruments Division in 1996. In 1999, Mr. Zapico was named Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK's Aerospace and Power Instruments Division. In 2003, he was named President, Electronic Instruments.