By: Dave Olsen
MetalTek International today announced that Chief Operating Officer E.J. Kubick has replaced Bob Smickley as Chief Executive Officer. This is part of the multi-year succession plan that began with Mr. Kubick’s appointment to the COO role in January 2017. Mr. Kubick and Mr. Smickley will both continue to serve on MetalTek’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Kubick joined MetalTek in 2003 and has served in a series of operational and leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Under his leadership MetalTek expanded its capabilities in centrifugal, sand, and investment casting while strengthening its focus on operational excellence.
“It is my privilege to lead our employees as we support our customers with custom metal product solutions for the most demanding heat, wear, and corrosion-resistant applications they face,” Mr. Kubick said. “MetalTek is a company with a strong history and an even stronger future, and I am grateful to Bob and the Board of Directors for the faith they have placed in me in this role.”
Mr. Smickley retires from MetalTek after 35 years, including the last 26 years as CEO. Under his leadership MetalTek increased its operational capabilities and global reach, and now serves thousands of customers in more than 35 countries. “It is impossible to imagine MetalTek today without Bob’s vision and leadership,” Mr. Kubick said. “He has been a mentor, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the Board to make MetalTek a special place for our customers and employees.”
MetalTek also announced that Robert T. Johnston will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors, with Chief Financial Officer Rick Danning serving as Vice Chairman. Mr. Danning has been CFO of MetalTek since 2000.
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