Alphonse J. Lariviere, Jr. named president of Kaman Distribution Group

Kaman Corp. announced on Nov. 8 that Alphonse J. Lariviere, Jr., 58, has been appointed to serve as president of the company’s distribution segment effective immediately. Lariviere will assume the position previously held by Steven J. Smidler.


Lariviere has served in various roles with Kaman Corporation since 2004, most recently as senior vice president of finance and administration of the distribution segment. Previous Kaman positions include: president of composite structures, Aerospace Group senior vice president of finance, and helicopters division vice president of finance.

Prior to his arrival at Kaman, Lariviere served as vice president of global shared services at Garlock Sealing Technologies, and he was with Goodrich Pump & Engine Controls working through increasingly responsible roles and ultimately being named vice president of finance.

“Al’s broad based experience throughout his career in general management, finance, supply chain management and customer service make him an ideal candidate to lead our Distribution Group. He is a strong leader with a proven track record of growth and accountability. His initial focus will be to spearhead efforts to increase the growth and profitability of our distribution business,” stated Neal J. Keating, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Kaman Corp.


Lariviere received a master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.

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