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Kennametal Chairman to Speak at SVC December Commencement

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Posted: Monday Nov 28, 2011

One hundred and twenty-eight students – 41 undergraduates and 87 graduate students – who completed requirements in August or December will receive their degrees at the seventh annual December commencement ceremony of Saint Vincent College at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17 in the gymnasium of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Principal speaker will be Carlos M. Cardoso, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Kennametal Inc., who will also be honored with the conferral of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Mr. Cardoso joined the company in April 2003 as vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for Kennametal's Metalworking Solutions and Services and Advanced Materials Solutions businesses, representing 90 percent of the company’s total revenues.

Mr. Cardoso has an extensive global background, having lived and worked on three continents. Before joining Kennametal, Mr. Cardoso served as president of the $1.3 billion pump division of Flowserve Corporation which accounted for 70 percent of total company revenues with 5,000 employees worldwide. Previously, he served more than six years with Honeywell / AlliedSignal where he held several positions of increasing responsibility including vice president and general manager of engine systems and accessories, vice president and general manager of marketing sales and service – aerospace services, and vice president of operations for aerospace equipment systems.

He was previously vice president of manufacturing operations for Colt Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut where he served as a key member of the executive team.

Mr. Cardoso has been named one of America’s “Best Chief Executive Officers” by Institutional Investor Magazine. He is vice chairman of the executive committee of the Manufacturers Alliance / MAPI, and is a member of the Stanley Black & Decker board of directors and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) board of directors. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Manufacturing Council, a Team Pennsylvania Foundation-led initiative, helping to identify and prioritize top issues to influence, sustain and advance manufacturing in the commonwealth.

He also serves on the Fairfield University Charles F. Dolan School of Business advisory council, the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and a master’s degree in management from the Hartford Graduate Center. He also participated in the Executive Management Program at Cornell University and completed the AlliedSignal Executive Management Program. Mr. Cardoso is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

He and his wife reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have two children.

The ceremony will be preceded by a Baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Chapel and followed by a reception in the Robert S. Carey Student Center student lounge.


Photo: Carlos M. Cardoso