Bubbler Executive Appointments

Ladish CEO Woody retires

Kerry Woody announced he is retiring as president and chief executive officer of Cudahy-based Ladish Co.

The Ladish board of directors has named Gary Vroman, 49, to the position of president and CEO and a director of Ladish, succeeding Woody. Vroman, formerly president of Ladish Forging, the largest operating subsidiary of Ladish, has been in various management roles at Ladish for more than 25 years.

Vroman has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The board also appointed Wayne Larsen, currently vice president law/finance of Ladish, to a seat on the Board.

Woody said, "After more than 14 years of leading Ladish, I have decided that the time is right to retire. I leave Ladish knowing the successful course we have charted will be followed by future management teams. It has been a privilege to have been a part of the proud 104 year heritage of Ladish and to work with its many dedicated employees."

During his tenure, several strategic acquisitions were made that contributed to Ladish’s long-term growth and helped it maintain its profitability.

Ladish is a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced metal components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial markets.

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