Kal Beidas, CFA
With extensive experience in both North America and Asia, Kal Beidas is a visionary leader in the manufacturing space with a proven track record in identifying and capitalizing on value creation initiatives across the global value chain spectrum. During his tenure as CEO & President of Aetna Bearing Company, he charted the company’s strategic direction and provided operational leadership. He also served on the board and played an active role in product innovation, process engineering, lean manufacturing, global supply chain architecture, sales strategy and talent management.
Prior to joining Aetna, Beidas was Vice President of Sales and Engineering at Flex-Cable, where he designed and executed a long-term strategy to support sales growth by restructuring the sales network, marketing channels and product portfolio. Earlier, he led an Application Engineering Group at PEER Bearing Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SKF, where his team was responsible for the on-highway, off-highway, pumps and compressors, electrical, and industrial transmission industries throughout North America.
Beidas is co-chair of the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Corporate Development Alliance. He also belongs to the CFA Society of Detroit (CFA-Detroit), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), New Enterprise Forum (NEF), Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC).
In 2017, he received the Jeff Camiener Award of Excellence in Leadership. Beidas attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with high distinction. He is also a CFA® charterholder.