Kaman Distribution Group appoints industry veteran for CEO
Kaman Distribution Group or KDG, a value-added distributor of bearings and power transmission, automation, and fluid power products, has announced that Benjamin Mondics has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Littlejohn & Company acquired KDG earlier this year.
Mr. Mondics is a seasoned executive with a thirty-five-year track record of success in the industrial distribution industry. He most recently served as President & CEO of ERIKS North America, a global distributor of gasket, hose, sealing, flow control, power transmission, industrial plastics, and maintenance products. Prior to ERIKS, Ben served as President of Kaydon Corporation, a subsidiary of SKF Group. Ben also spent nearly twenty years with Applied Industrial Technologies (“AIT”), a distributor of bearings, power transmission products, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial rubber products, and general maintenance supplies. While at AIT, Ben served in a variety of successive leadership positions, including most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Kaman Distribution Group is a leading industrial distribution platform, and I am excited to serve as its CEO,” said Mr. Mondics. “I was attracted to KDG’s national footprint, excellent reputation in the market, full product offering and service capabilities, longstanding customer and supplier relationships, and talented workforce of over 2,000 associates. With Littlejohn’s support, I am eager to accelerate KDG’s growth, both organically and via acquisition, and execute on a variety of operational improvement opportunities available to the Company.”
Tony Miranda, Managing Director of Littlejohn and a member of KDG’s board of directors, said, “We are thrilled to have an executive of Ben’s caliber join KDG. Ben’s decades of experience across a variety of industrial distribution and manufacturing platforms is a wonderful asset, and will enable him to have an immediate and measurable impact on the business.”
As part of the transition, Al Lariviere will be stepping down as KDG’s CEO. Mr. Miranda added, “On behalf of the entire KDG organization, I would like to thank Al for his contributions to the Company and the instrumental role he played in leading the separation of KDG from Kaman Corporation. During Al’s tenure, several strategic initiatives were initiated and implemented which has positioned KDG for future success. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”