Waukesha, WI-based MetalTek International announced on Monday, October 28 that Chief Operating Officer E.J. Kubick replaced Bob Smickley as Chief Executive Officer. This is part of the multiyear succession plan that began with Kubick’s appointment to the COO role in January 2017. Kubick and Smickley both continue to serve on MetalTek’s Board of Directors.
Kubick joined MetalTek in 2003 and 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,” 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.”
Smickley served MetalTek for 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,” 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.”