Hitchiner Manufacturing Leadership
“No one has a monopoly of ideas. We want the best and the brightest at every level.”
— John H. Morison
JOHN H. MORISON III
Chairman & CEO
Educated in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire public schools and the Northfield Mount Hermon School. Graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1976 with a B.A. in economics. Started his career as an inside sales representative in the Stellite Division, Cabot Corporation. In 1978, became regional sales manager in France. Became regional sales manager in Brazil in 1980 and for all of Latin America in 1981. Joined Hitchiner in 1983 as production control manager of the Ferrous Division. He became director, new business development in 1985 and, in 1991 became vice president, sales and marketing. In 1994 he became president, international and in February of 1995 he was appointed president and chief executive officer. In May 2002 he was appointed chairman.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Development from Thames Valley State Technical College. Comes to Hitchiner from Ellwood Group Inc. where he was V.P. and General Manager of Ellwood's Texas Forge and Machining Operations. Prior to joining Ellwood, held management positions with responsibilities in operations and human resources for industry leaders Chromalloy, Firth Rixson, and Precision Castparts Corp. Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
TIMOTHY SULLIVAN, Esq.
Vice President Corporate Affairs and Services
Graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in biology and earned a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and a certificate in strategic human resource management from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Employed by United Parcel Service 1986 to 1995 as corporate legal council (Atlanta, GA) and in various human resource functions at the district level (Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts). Appointed to the State of New Hampshire Compensation Appeals Board by Governor Stephen Merrill in 1996. Joined Hitchiner as corporate manager of administration in 1995 with responsibilities ranging from managing in-house legal and administrative affairs to specific responsibilities in human resources including ethics compliance and training, corporate safety and environmental affairs. Promoted to director of administration and corporate council for legal and administrative affairs. Appointed vice president, administration in August, 2005. Promoted to vice president, corporate affairs and services in January 2011 with the additional responsibilities for information services.
Executive Vice President Sales & Business Development
Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from ENI in Belfort, France and a Master's Degree in Welding at ESSA in Paris, France, and a Master's in Metallurgy and and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Comes to Hitchiner from EDAC Technologies where he had held several positions, most recently serving as its Vice President of Engineering. Prior to EDAC, had served in various executive positions at MTU Aero Engines North America, GKN Aerospace and Teleflex Aerospace.
Vice President and General Manager, Mexico Operations
Graduated from Mexico Nacional University UNAM with an Industrial Engineer Degree, and a Business Strategic Administration Diploma from Anahuac University in Mexico City. Joined Hitchiner on 2010 as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager, then promoted through the years to Corporate Quality Manager, Operations Director and in 2015 named VP and General Manager for the Mexican Operations, came from Freudenberg NOK where he held Management positions on Continues Improvement and Quality, Prior to Freudenberg, held positions with responsibilities in Quality and Continuous Improvement for industry leaders as Johnson Controls and Tycoelectronics. Certified Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
BRIAN S. HOOVER
Vice President and General Manager, Gas Turbine Operations
Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration from St. Leo University and an MBA from Purdue University. Came to Hitchiner from Doncasters, Shrewsbury, UK, where he served as its General Manager. In addition to having served in several general manager and director of operations positions at Firth Rixson, Doncasters Southern Tool, PCC and Howmet, from 2003 – 2008 Brian was president/general manager of ESCO Corporation in Eastlake, OH. Joined Hitchiner on November 3, 2014 as Manager, Manufacturing for Gas Turbine Operations. Promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Gas Turbine Operations in September 2015.
Vice President and General Manager, Ferrous Operations
Vice President and General Manager, Ferrous Operations Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut. Came to Hitchiner from Wyman-Gordon Investment Casting, Groton, CT and Doncasters Group Ltd, where for the past twelve years he has been the Vice President of Operations/General Manager for their Precision Castings New England facility.
JOHN R. SEXTON
Vice President, Corporate Quality
Joined Hitchiner in November 2015 from Ellwood Texas Forge where he was Technical Director for Engineering and Quality Assurance. Previously held quality management roles at HHI-Cloyes, Supreme Gear Company, and FormTech. Responsible for coordination of all aspects of the Company’s quality program, ensuring that the Company’s quality program meets or exceeds internal and external customers’ needs and expectations. In addition, is responsible for building strong relationships with major customers and effectively relating the quality function to the business as a whole through substantially enhancing quality systems and infrastructure.
Vice President, Technology
Graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. Degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Began career at General Motors R & D center in Warren, MI in 1994 and moved to Saginaw, MI as a process engineer in 1996. Moved to Massena, NY in 2000 and held various positions in production supervision, quality and manufacturing engineering. Moved to Milford, NH as a Liaison Engineer for GM at Metal Casting Technology, Inc. (MCT) in 2003. Became President, MCT in 2008. Joined Hitchiner® in 2012 as President, MCT and Hitchiner's Vice President, Technology . Received the AFS Howard F. Taylor Award in 1997 and is a member of AFS, FEF and ASM.
JOHN H. MORISON IV
Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer
Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. Started his career as Hitchiner's Internal Controls Auditor and has since held positions in quality, operations, and finance.
KEVIN T. KUCENSKI
Vice President, Finance
Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA in Finance from Central Connecticut State University. Came to Hitchiner from Global Brass and Copper Subsidiaries having been employed in several of its Olin Brass Business Units between 2013 – 2018 holding positions of Director, Operational Accounting, SBU Controller, and Plant Controller. Prior to joining Global Brass and Copper held various Finance management roles within Doncasters. Joined Hitchiner in September 2017 as Corporate Controller and promoted to Vice President, Finance in April 2018.