Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Don Nolan, 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award Winner

Don Nolan joined Kennametal Inc. in November 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer.


At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions.  Customers across aerospace earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day nearly 13, 000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated more than $2.6 billion in revenues in fiscal 2015.


Prior to Don joining Kennametal, he served as President of Avery Dennison’s $4.5 billion Materials Group.  In that position, he harnessed the company’s operational strengths and accelerated organic growth with an acute focus on customer engagement, brand-savvy marketing and commercially successful innovation. 


Don has more than 30 years of experience in specialty materials and practical experience leading global growth and top-tier performance serving customers in diverse, global industries.


Don received a bachelor’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and later returned to the University of Michigan where he earned his MBA.  He serves on the board of directors of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and is a member of the University of Michigan’s Engineering Advisory Council.