January 31, 2008 -- Two high-level executives at Corning Incorporated, each having provided more than three decades of service, will retire this spring, the company announced today. Larry Aiello Jr., president and chief executive officer of Corning Cable Systems, and Robert B. Brown, executive vice president for the company's Environmental Technologies segment, will retire effective April 1, 2008.
In paying tribute to both executives, Peter F. Volanakis, Corning's president and chief operating officer, said, "Corning's businesses, employees, and communities have all benefited immensely from the truly outstanding contributions made by Larry Aiello and Bob Brown. We will certainly miss their leadership, but they leave behind strong businesses with very capable teams, ready to address the growth opportunities in front of them."
Aiello joined Corning in 1973 as part of Corning's internal audit department. He has held a variety of manufacturing, operational and financial leadership roles and also led the company's international operations. He has served in his current role since April 2002, during which time he led a remarkable turnaround of Corning Cable Systems, one of the company's most significant businesses. Under Aiello's leadership, the company has advanced to become a product innovator in the telecommunication industry's fiber-to-the-premises market.
Succeeding Aiello as president and CEO of Corning Cable Systems will be Clark S. Kinlin, currently chief operating officer for that business. In his more than 25 years of experience with Corning, Kinlin has held leadership roles in a variety of the company's global organizations, including Telecommunications, Consumer Products and Corning International. From 2003 to 2007, he served as general manager, Corning China during which time he led the significant growth of Corning's businesses in China.
Brown joined Corning in 1972 and served in a wide range of management positions in manufacturing and engineering, spanning the company's Telecommunications and Environmental Technologies segments. He was a key leader in Corning's photonics business and became vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber in 2002. Providing strong direction during a critical time period in the company's history, Brown effectively restructured the optical fiber business and led its return to profitability. He was named senior vice president and general manager of Environmental Technologies in early 2005, and was promoted to executive vice president later that year. Under Brown's guidance, both the company's automotive and diesel businesses within Environmental Technologies have flourished.
Succeeding Brown will be Thomas R. Hinman, appointed senior vice president, Environmental Technologies. Hinman has led the company's diesel technologies business since 2002 and was named senior vice president and general manager in 2006. He joined Corning in 1983, serving a variety of management positions in the company's environmental products business and as general manager for Corning Microarray Technologies.
Curt Weinstein, currently director of the company's Heavy Duty Diesel, Diesel Technologies segment, will be appointed vice president and general manager, Heavy Duty Diesel Technologies, reporting to Hinman. In this most recent role, Weinstein has been responsible for global sales, marketing, and engineering for heavy duty diesel applications. His more than 15 years of experience prior to that included various sales, marketing, and product line management roles in both the company's Optical Fiber and Photonic Technologies segments.
Thomas Appelt will also report to Hinman in his continued role as vice president and general manager, Automotive Technologies. Appelt is responsible for developing and executing the overall strategy for the global automotive business, including the company's light duty filter and substrates businesses. Since joining Corning in 1990, he has held a variety of marketing and management leadership positions in Corning's environmental and automotive businesses.