Kennametal Names Gretchen Jezerc Vice President, Global Product Management

(LATROBE, PA) – Kennametal Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gretchen W. Jezerc to the position of Vice President, Global Product Management, effective immediately.

With deep leadership experience in marketing for a number of global manufacturing companies, Jezerc has strategized, developed, and implemented successful marketing programs for such companies as Philips Respironics, PPG Industries, and Whirlpool Corporation.

“I am very excited about the steps Kennametal has taken and continues to develop to position the company as first in meeting customer needs as they exist across many vital and distinct manufacturing segments,” she says. “From a diverse leadership team with strong complementary backgrounds to dedicated global product managers deep in application knowledge, Kennametal is emerging from an economic recession as a breakthrough company. I’m proud to be part of the mission to continue better understanding customer needs and leveraging Kennametal’s leadership in product development, materials science, global manufacturing, and customer service in meeting them.”

A Pittsburgh native, Jezerc is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds her MBA from INSEAD, founded as “Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires” (European Institute for Business Administration). She speaks German, French, and Italian, in addition to English.

Kennametal Inc.
Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Companies operating in everything from airframes to coal mining, from engines to oil wells and from turbochargers to construction recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. In fiscal year 2010, customers bought approximately $1.9 billion of Kennametal products and services – delivered by our approximately 11,000 talented employees doing business in more than 60 countries – with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside North America. Visit us at

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