LATROBE, Pa., Sept 22, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) announced today that it has named Raj Datt as Vice President and Chief Information Officer effective September 25, 2006.
In this role, he
will lead Kennametal's global information technology organization.
Datt comes to Kennametal from Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to that assignment, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in IT at GE Transportation Systems and GE Power Systems, as well as with other global firms including Boeing.
Datt was elected an Executive Director of Matsushita Electronics USA in 2004 and became Vice President in October 2005.
is a winner of the 2006 CIO 100 award for "IT Innovation and Business Transformation."
"We are very pleased to have Raj join the Kennametal team," commented President and CEO Carlos Cardoso.
Raj holds a degree in finance and accounting from the University of Northridge, California, and has completed an executive program in supply chain management at UCLA.
is Six-Sigma green belt certified.