AKRON (Oct. 15, 2015) — Ed Cordiano has been named director of sales for the Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira North America business groups.
He comes to Akron-based Smithers from Linde Gas, a multinational industrial gases and engineering company, the Smithers Group said. In his new role, Mr. Cordiano reports directly to Nat Leonard, vice president.
“Ed will develop and deploy sales processes and tools across a variety of industries to expose Smithers testing capabilities to new and current clients,” Mr. Leonard said. “His expertise managing commercial teams in complex, multi-level and technically demanding markets will benefit Smithers and our customers.”
Mr. Cordiano brings an extensive background in sales and engineering to Smithers, the company said, and earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Illinois.
Smithers is a global rubber and polymer testing, consulting and information services business. The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Visicient.