Colleen Cordova '82
Former Vice President and General Manager of Wear Components, Kennametal
Class of '82
I have worked in manufacturing for 40 years. I am the proud mother of two children and have enjoyed demanding roles while working hard to cultivate family and friendships along the way. After earning my masters in engineering at Virginia Tech, I started out working as a product engineer in an AlliedFibers manufacturing facility. In the process of developing new products, I found that I had an affinity for selling product ideas to upper management and to potential customers. I set goals on running a business segment and thus went back to school to get my MBA. After two years in the financial department, I moved back into the business in marketing and sales, and then took a business directors role for WRGrace, a chemical company. I eventually wound up as president for ConformaClad, a small business in Kennemetal Inc. My responsibilities grew and my final position was vice president and general manager for Engineered Wear Components, a $300 million business with over 1,000 employees and 9 plants.