Kennametal Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, has appointed Ron Port, currently Vice President and President of the company’s infrastructure segment, to Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of the metal cutting business segments, effective immediately.
The company states that in this newly created position, Port is expected to drive business development strategies across the Industrial and Widia metal cutting segments.
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. Franklin Cardenas will succeed Port as Vice President and President of the Infrastructure segment as of February 10.
Prior to Kennametal, Port served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at SPX Corporation. He also held various management positions at Xylem, Inc. and ITT Corporation. Combined, he has nearly 25 years of experience across general management, strategy, sales and marketing, and corporate business development.
“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,” stated Christopher Rossi, President and CEO.