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Army Veteran Patrick Smith Joins KYB Aftermarket Team


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Patrick Smith recently joined the KYB Aftermarket team in Greenwood, Indiana, as the business operations manager.

The Army veteran will oversee sales and distribution-center administrative functions, focusing on streamlining procedures and improving efficiencies.

Smith spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an engineer officer, serving in construction and combat engineer positions. His military career culminated as a company commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has a master of science in organizational leadership.

After his military career, Smith spent two years working in the technology industry with a focus on supply chain and logistics. Smith stated that “he was looking to join a team-oriented organization with a great culture.” His experience aligned with the role, and he knew that KYB was the right place for him after meeting the team, KYB noted.

“In his new role, Smith will help the KYB Aftermarket team improve operations by achieving new ways to more efficiently and effectively support our customers and teammates,” KYB said in a news release. “Our goal is to be our customers’ best supplier. Patrick main’s assignment is to help keep KYB focused on that objective.” 

Originally from Seymour, Indiana, Smith will complete his MBA from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business this fall. He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons.

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