Aviat Appoints Smith President, CEO
Friday, January 03, 2020 | Comments

Aviat Networks appointed Peter Smith president and CEO. Stan Gallagher, who took on the role as interim CEO in September, will remain with the company, serving as chief operating officer (COO) and principal financial officer.

Smith brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in business management, having most recently served as senior vice president, U.S. windows and Canada for Jeld-Wen, a door and window manufacturer. In this role, he had full profit and loss responsibility for Jeld-Wen's $1 billion windows business and helped deliver growth and improved profitability through the implementation of lean manufacturing principles and strategic growth programs.

He previously served as president of Polypore International's transportation and industrial segment and before that CEO and a director of Voltaix, a specialty chemicals manufacturer and supplier to the semiconductor industry, until its sale to Air Liquide.

"The addition of Pete to our team is a win for Aviat and all of our stakeholders as he comes to us with a proven track record of creating value,” said John Mutch, chairman of the board of directors. “He brings vast operational, business development and M&A (mergers and acquisition) experience, which the board believes is highly complementary, and will blend very well with the talent we have assembled. This is critical as we are moving into an expected period of growth and improved profitability, while concurrently looking at all avenues that will drive a new cycle of value creation."

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