Ronald M. De Feo
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ronald (Ron) De Feo is President and Chief Executive Officer of Kennametal Inc.
With more than 20 years of CEO experience, Mr. De Feo brings extensive knowledge in the manufacturing sector with cyclical businesses.
A Kennametal board member since 2001, Mr. De Feo served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Terex Corporation (a global manufacturer of machinery and industrial products), from March 1998 and March 1995, respectively, until his retirement from the company at the end of 2015.
Prior to joining Terex, Mr. De Feo was a Senior Vice President of J.I. Case Company, the former Tenneco farm and construction equipment division and also served as Managing Director of Case Construction Equipment throughout Europe. He began his career in 1974 at Procter & Gamble in marketing and brand management where he spent ten years advancing through the corporation.
Mr. De Feo holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and philosophy from Iona College and in 2013 was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the institution. Today he serves on Iona College’s Board of Trustees. In addition, Mr. De Feo is a member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) board where he has been honored as an Industry Hall of Fame Inductee and is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation in Connecticut.
Judith L. Bacchus
Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Corporate Relations Officer, Kennametal Inc.
Judith L. Bacchus is vice president and chief human resources and corporate relations officer of Kennametal Inc. In this position, Ms. Bacchus oversees all human resources responsibilities and leads the company's internal and external corporate relations worldwide.
Ms. Bacchus joined Kennametal in April 2006. Prior to her current role, she served as vice president human resources for Kennametal’s shared services, growth and segment functions and also led the global talent acquisition team. Before joining Kennametal, Ms. Bacchus was human resources generalist - North America for the Marconi Corporation. She has more than 20 years of experience as a human resource professional.
Ms. Bacchus holds a Bachelor of Science in administration and management from LaRoche College in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.
Vice President Kennametal Inc. and President WIDIA
Alexander Broetz is vice president of Kennametal Inc. and president of WIDIA. In this role, he is responsible for managing all business activities related to the WIDIA business segment.
Mr. Broetz joined Kennametal in 2006. Prior to his current role, he served as director of sales for Kennametal’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Before joining Kennametal, Mr. Broetz served as President of Broevision Inc. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions with TYROLIT Swarovski KG including director of marketing and sales and senior program manager. He has more than 20 years of global experience in the industrial industry.
Mr. Broetz holds a general management diploma from St. Galler Business School in Switzerland.
Vice President, Kennametal Inc. and President, Industrial Segment
Charles (Chuck) Byrnes, Jr. is vice president of Kennametal Inc. and president of the company’s industrial segment. In this role, Mr. Byrnes has full global responsibility for growth in diverse industries served by Kennametal’s industrial business.
Prior to joining Kennametal, Mr. Byrnes served as president at General Bearing Corporation. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of sales and marketing for Accuride Corporation. He also held numerous leadership positions in North America and Europe across sales, marketing, new business development, purchasing and engineering at Accuride Corporation and The Timken Company. In addition, he has nearly 30 years of global commercial experience in the metals components industry.
Mr. Byrnes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Robert J. Clemens
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal Inc.
Robert J. Clemens, Ph.D., is vice president and chief technology officer of Kennametal Inc. In this role, he is responsible for leading Kennametal’s global research, development and engineering organization.
Prior to joining Kennametal, Dr. Clemens was vice president, corporate technology at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. While at Eastman, Bob held various business and technology leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he also worked in technical services at Firestone Plastics Company. He has more than 35 years of experience in technology, research and new business development.
Dr. Clemens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Ursinus College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Princeton University. He holds over a dozen patents and has authored numerous technical publications.
Dr. Clemens serves on the board of CMF International, the Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing Management Council of the American Management Association, and is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.
Peter A. Dragich
Vice President, Kennametal Inc. and President, Infrastructure Segment
Peter A. Dragich is vice president of Kennametal Inc. and president of the company’s infrastructure segment. In this position, Mr. Dragich has full global responsibility for growth in diverse industries served by Kennametal’s infrastructure business.
Mr. Dragich joined Kennametal in October 2012 as vice president integrated supply chain and logistics (ISCL). Prior to Kennametal, Mr. Dragich was vice president, global field operations, climate, controls, and security for United Technologies Corporation. He also served in several manufacturing management positions at Ford Motor Company and was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. In addition, he has more than 23 years of experience in supply chain management and cross-functional collaboration.
Mr. Dragich holds a Master's of Business Administration degree in strategy and operations management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research and management from Case Western Reserve University.
Jan Kees van Gaalen
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kennametal Inc.
Jan Kees van Gaalen is vice president and chief financial officer of Kennametal Inc. In this role, Mr. van Gaalen leads the company’s finance, treasury, accounting and investor relations functions.
Prior to joining Kennametal, Mr. van Gaalen was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Dresser-Rand. Before this role, he served as vice president and treasurer for Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, Texas as well as vice president finance and chief financial officer for Vale Inco Ltd., in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, Mr. van Gaalen has more than 34 years of global experience in business analytics, treasury, audit, business development and commercial management.
Mr. van Gaalen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands and a Master's of Business Administration degree in business administration from the HEC Management School in France.
Michelle R. Keating
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Kennametal Inc.
Michelle R. Keating is vice president, secretary and general counsel for Kennametal Inc. In this position, she has global legal responsibility for the company and its legal department and serves as secretary to the board of directors.
Michelle joined Kennametal in 2010. In her previous roles as assistant general counsel and assistant secretary, she was responsible for the company’s SEC and NYSE compliance, corporate governance, legal direction of global mergers and acquisitions, subsidiary management, as well as commercial contracts.
Prior to joining Kennametal, Ms. Keating served as contract manager at WESCO Distribution, where she was responsible for negotiating agreements with the company’s largest customers and suppliers.
Ms. Keating received her bachelor’s degree from Westminster College and her juris doctorate from Duquesne University’s School of Law. She recently served as a member of the board of directors of Kennametal India Limited.
Vice President Strategic Sourcing and Supply Planning, Kennametal Inc.
Brian Maglosky is vice president strategic sourcing and supply planning of Kennametal Inc. In this position, Mr. Maglosky oversees all of the company’s strategic sourcing, supply planning, environmental health and safety (EHS), continuous improvement and advanced manufacturing engineering.
Mr. Maglosky brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing and leadership to the business. Joining Kennametal in 2003, he has served in numerous management positions including vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) manufacturing and vice president of Americas manufacturing. Prior to joining Kennametal, Mr. Maglosky was a plant manager with Eaton Aerospace and previously spent 16 years with Goodrich Landing Gear Division as plant manager and program manager for the C-17 and B2 programs.
Mr. Maglosky holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Dayton and a master of business administration from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
Thomas F. McKee, Jr.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kennametal Inc.
Thomas F. McKee, Jr. is vice president and chief information officer of Kennametal Inc. In this role, he is responsible for leading Kennametal’s information technology function worldwide.
Mr. McKee joined Kennametal in 1981, and has spent 35 years supporting the company’s various functions. Before serving in his current role, Mr. McKee served as vice president global information technology, where he was responsible for technology strategy, planning and business integration. In addition, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s finance, supply chain, manufacturing, operations management, mergers and acquisition and information technology functions.
Mr. McKee holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College, and is currently enrolled in the school’s Masters in Management – Operational Excellence graduate program. In addition, he is a visiting committee member of Saint Vincent College’s Benedictine leadership studies program and is a member of SAP’s global and North American advisory councils for the industrial machinery and components industry.
Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller, Kennametal Inc.
Patrick Watson is vice president finance and corporate controller of Kennametal Inc. In this role, Mr. Watson is responsible for the company’s corporate and financial accounting, planning, reporting and controlling.
Mr. Watson joined Kennametal in 2004. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president finance for Kennametal’s industrial business segment, as well as finance director for the company’s European business and director of mergers and acquisitions and financial analysis. Prior to Kennametal, Mr. Watson was employed by Allegheny Energy, Inc. and Eckerd Corporation in which he held financial and supply chain roles.
Mr. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s of business administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.