Bill Kassling is lead director of Wabtec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of a broad range of products for locomotives, freight cars, and passenger transit vehicles. Prior to his current role, he served as president and CEO in 1990, when he and other management purchased the company from American Standard Incorporated, and again in 2004. In addition, Mr. Kassling was chairman of the board until May 2013.
Between 1978 and 1984, before purchasing the company, Mr. Kassling served as vice president of Strategic Planning and Development, and later, vice president, group executive, of the Building Specialties Group. Continuing his career at American Standard Incorporated, Mr. Kassling spent six years overseeing its operations as vice president and group executive of the Railway Products Group.
Mr. Kassling held various operating and strategic planning positions from 1974 to 1978 with Clark Equipment Company. In addition, he was an early member of the Boston Consulting Group, served as an officer in the United States Navy, and was a first line supervisor in machining and assembly for Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Mr. Kassling holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He also received an honorary doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2005.
In addition to Wabtec, Mr. Kassling is a board member of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Texas Rangers. Mr. Kassling is also a member of The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter Council.
Mr. Kassling served as a board member with Aearo Corporation Commercial, Intertech, Dravo, Scientific Atlanta and SmartOps Corporation. He is also a former trustee of Shadyside Academy, La Roche College, the advisory board of the Krannert School of Business of Purdue University, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.