PITTSBURGH — Kennametal announced Thursday that its board of directors has appointed Lawrence Stranghoener as chairman of the board effective July 1. Stranghoener succeeds Ronald De Feo, who is retiring from his role as Executive Chairman of the Board, but will remain on the board of directors until his retirement in October 2018.
"We are grateful to Ron for his dedication and service to Kennametal," said Lawrence Stranghoener, Kennametal lead director. "As a 16-year member of the board, Ron has served this company with great distinction, including his recent stint as president and CEO, when he initiated the significant transformation currently underway at Kennametal. His leadership will have a lasting impact."
Stranghoener has been a member of Kennametal's board of directors since 2003, serving as chairman of the board from October 2015 to August 2017, and independent lead director from August 2017 to date. He is the retired executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Mosaic Company, where he also served as interim chief executive officer. Before joining Mosaic, Stranghoener was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Thrivent Financial and spent 17 years at Honeywell Inc. in a variety of positions including chief financial officer.
"We look forward to Mr. Stranghoener's continued leadership, counsel and shareholder advocacy as chairman," said Kennametal President and CEO Christopher Rossi. "Also, I want to express my sincere appreciation to Ron for facilitating a smooth transition of roles and for his invaluable support."