Kaman Aerospace Group has new president

Aerospace industry provider Kaman Corp. said Richard Barnhart has taken over as president of Kaman Aerospace Group, succeeding Gregory Steiner, who will retire Jan. 2, 2018.

Barnhart, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Vermont and his MBA from the University of Connecticut, brings solid experience as an industry leader, having served as senior vice president and president of Barnes Aerospace, a Kaman release said. Barnes also previously held the position of president in Kaman’s Aerostructures operation.

Kaman President, Chairman and CEO Neal Keating said in the release that Barnhart’s background makes him ideally suited to his new position as executive vice president of Kaman Corp. and president of Kaman Aerospace Group.

“Rick’s track record of driving profitable long-term growth [makes] him ideally suited to serve as the next leader of our Aerospace segment,” Keating said in the release “His diverse experience and focus within the aerospace industry, particularly across a number of companies with varied end markets, position him to drive further business development and continued operational improvement.”

Keating also commended Steiner’s commitment to the transitional period, as well as his contributions to the company in terms of growth, profit and acquisitions.

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