Posted January 30, 2020

Kennametal announces executive changes

Kennametal Inc. announced two changes to its executive leadership team.

Ron Port, currently vice president and president of the Infrastructure segment, will become vice president and chief commercial officer, metal cutting business segments, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Port will drive commercial excellence and business development strategies across the Industrial and Widia metal cutting segments.

Franklin Cardenas will succeed Port as vice president and president of the Infrastructure segment as of Feb. 10. Cardenas joins the company from Donaldson Company Inc., a global leader in the filtration industry, where he was most recently vice president, Asia Pacific. In his role at Kennametal, Cardenas will have global responsibility for the Infrastructure segment.

"Ron's deep commercial expertise and proven leadership will help us drive improvements in sales and marketing effectiveness across our metal cutting segments and accelerate growth with target customers by leveraging the company's full metal cutting portfolio," said Christopher Rossi, president and CEO. "Franklin has a strong track record for delivering business results and building high performance teams, and we are pleased that he has joined the company to lead Infrastructure and drive profitable growth. Together, these leadership changes will help us continue to execute on our strategic initiatives and accelerate our transformation."

Pete Dragich and Alexander Broetz will continue in their roles as presidents of Industrial and Widia, respectively, and maintain responsibility for the corresponding financials of those segments.

Port will also continue with his Infrastructure responsibilities until Cardenas joins the company in February.