Flowserve Names Kling Chief Operating Officer

Flowserve Corp. named Lewis M. Kling to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Kling has more than 35 years of experience leading manufacturing operations, driving synergies and holding key management positions with large, global businesses, including General Electric Co., Harris Corp., AlliedSignal, General Signal Corp., and SPX Corp. At Flowserve, he will have full responsibility for the company's three operating divisions as well as the supply chain and continuous improvement functions.

Prior to joining Flowserve, Kling, 59, was employed by SPX for seven years, most recently serving as group president, corporate vice president and officer. Before that, he served as president of Dielectric Communications for General Signal, which was acquired by SPX in 1998. Prior to joining General Signal, Kling worked for three years with AlliedSignal Aerospace, where he served as senior vice president and general manager of Commercial Avionics Systems and chairman of the board of the American Russian Integrated Avionics JV. Before that, he worked for Harris for four years, where he served as vice president and general manager of its Electronic Systems Division. Kling began his career in Apollo Support (later, Simulation and Control Systems) at GE, where he served for 24 years in a number of manager positions, including programs, international marketing, engineering and manufacturing operations, simulation programs, and design engineering.

"Lew has the experience and track record of delivering superior results in a short period of time as well as successfully implementing strategies for long-term growth," said C. Scott Greer, Flowserve's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "He brings the combination of performance improvement and large-company experience required to assist me in driving Flowserve to the next level of excellence. Moreover, he has a proven record of leading complex businesses that have had challenges similar to Flowserve's."

Kling holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Stetson University.

Flowserve Corp. is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in 56 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services.