Richard G. Kyle is president, chief executive officer and a board member of The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR), a $3.1 billion global company headquartered in North Canton, Ohio. Timken engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, chain, belts and related products and offers a spectrum of power system rebuild and repair services. The Timken product portfolio includes such well-known industrial brands as Timken, Fafnir, Philadelphia Gear, Carlisle, Drives, Revolvo and Interlube.
Prior to being elected president and CEO in 2014, Kyle served as chief operating officer of the Timken Bearings and Power Transmission Group. In 2012, he was named group president responsible for the company’s Aerospace and Steel segments as well as the engineering and technology organizations.
He started his Timken career in 2006 as vice president of manufacturing, responsible for the company’s global bearings operations. He was named president of the Aerospace and Mobile Industries segments in 2008. During his tenure, he led Mobile Industries through significant changes, reshaping its product portfolio, market mix and operating capabilities, which yielded dramatic improvements in the company’s financial performance.
Before joining Timken, Kyle held management positions with Cooper Industries and Hubbell, Inc.
He was elected to the board of directors of Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, in early 2015.
A native of Mishawaka, Ind., Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Stark County (Ohio).