Richard G. Kyle is chief operating officer of The Timken Company's Bearings and Power Transmission group. In naming him to this position in September 2013, the Timken board of directors indicated that Kyle is expected to succeed current Timken President and CEO James Griffith upon his retirement in 2014. Additionally, Kyle was elected to the board of directors in November 2013.
In his current role, Kyle oversees all aspects of the Timken bearings and power transmission business. The business consists of the Aerospace, Process and Mobile industries segments. Bearings and power transmission provides Timken® bearings and a broad range of other services and products - including transmissions, gearboxes, motors, lubrication systems and chain - all of which are used in diversified markets to keep the world in motion. He leads an organization comprising 17,000 people, 35 manufacturing plants, 25 service and repair facilities, four technology centers, and an extensive network of sales offices and warehouses.
Before joining Timken, Kyle held management positions with Cooper Industries and later was vice president of operations for a division of Hubbell, Inc. 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 oeprating capabilities, which yielded dramatic improvement in the company's financial performance.
In 2012, Kyle was named group president of Timken, responsible for the Aerospace and Steel segments as well as the engineering and technology organization.
A native of Mishawaka, Ind., Kyle received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s 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.