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Smidler assumes presidency at Kaman Industrial Technologies

Kaman Corporation announced that Steven J. Smidler has assumed the role of president of its subsidiary, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT). Smidler succeeds T. Jack Cahill, who retired, and he reports to Neal J. Keating, Chairman, president and CEO of the parent company. Smidler, 51, joined Kaman in December 2009 as senior vice president and COO of KIT. He joined the company from Lenze Americas Corporation where he served as executive VP, 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 held the position of 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. Smidler has had assignments throughout the Americas and Europe.