The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program announced Wednesday that John W. Kennedy will serve as its next CEO.
The NJMEP, a nonprofit that helps the state’s manufacturers, said that under Kennedy’s leadership, it will offer new programs and services. The goal is to build on past successes, which have included helping manufacturers in the state create or retain some 19,500 jobs in the state over the past 14 years.
“Supporting New Jersey manufacturing is very important to me on both a personal and professional basis,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I am a ‘Jersey Boy’ born and bred in Madison and have owned and sold two firms in the engineering and manufacturing fields. I look forward to continuing the work we have begun with our incredible staff to help New Jersey’s manufacturers become more globally competitive.”
Last month, for example, NJMEP capped off its inaugural run of the ExporTech program, which consisted of three days of intensive training in exporting for several New Jersey businesses.
ExporTech and programs like it are services Kennedy, who succeeds outgoing CEO Bob Loderstedt, said he intends to push forward during his time as CEO.
“A lot of manufacturers know NJMEP for training grant assistance and workforce development projects. While we will continue to serve in this capacity, we also want to emphasize our Pro-Action services that drive growth and profitability,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy previously served as corporate senior vice president and president for the U.S. market of Cofely Services, a manufacturer of security equipment for major airports around the world. He also owned The Mutlitech Group, an engineering design and services firm that worked with government facilities, power plants and airports.