November 1, 2018 — Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., a world-class supplier of fabricated sheet metal and components for turbine engines, announced that Robert Friedland has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Kathryn Conlon.

Mr. Friedland joined the Columbia team in January of 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales, manufacturing, and quality functions. Mr. Friedland brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in various manufacturing environments.

Prior to joining Columbia Manufacturing, Mr. Friedland was a co-founder and President & CEO of Proton Onsite in Wallingford, CT from 1996 through 2017. He also held positions of increasing responsibility at United Technologies Aerospace Systems from 1987 through 1996.

Mr. Friedland holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.