Bill Kassling is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wabtec Corporation. Kassling was initially appointed to these roles in 1990 when he and other management purchased the company from American Standard Incorporated. In February 2001, Kassling relinquished his responsibilities as president and CEO to Greg Davies, but remained chairman of the board. When Davies resigned from the company in May 2004 for health reasons, Kassling was reinstated.
Before purchasing the company, Kassling spent six years overseeing its operations as American Standard’s vice president, group executive, railway products group. Prior to that, between 1978 and 1984, he served American Standard first as vice president, strategic planning and development and later as vice president, group executive, building specialties group.
From 1974 to 1978, Kassling held various operating and strategic planning positions with Clark Equipment Company. Previous to 1974, 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.
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.
He is a board member of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Scientific-Atlanta, Incorporated, and SmartOps Corporation. Kassling is also a trustee of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Shady Side Academy and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.