Smidler replaces longtime KIT president Jack Cahill, who retired Aug. 31
Steven Smidler officially takes the reins at Kaman Industrial Technologies this week, replacing T. Jack Cahill, who retired Aug. 31.
Smidler, 51, joined Kaman in December 2009 as senior vice president and chief operating officer of KIT.
Before joining Kaman, Smidler was with Lenze Americas Corp., where he served as executive vice president, with responsibility for marketing, sales, finance, business systems and product technology for the Americas. Smidler was also a member of the management committee of the Lenze Group, Germany, and was president and treasurer for Lenze Americas and served as treasurer and a board member for the Lenze ACTech production company.
Smidler is a 1981 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology. He received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2007. Prior to joining Lenze, Smidler held executive positions at Eaton Corporation’s Powerware Division and Rockwell Automation.
Cahill joined Kaman in 1975 as a salesman in Denver and was named president of the company in 1993. During his tenure as president, KIT’s sales grew by almost two-and-a-half times.