Bill Kassling is Chairman of Wabtec Corporation. Kassling was initially also President and CEO in 1990 when he and other management purchased the company from American Standard Incorporated. In February 2001, Kassling relinquished his responsibilities as president and CEO to Greg Davies, but remained chairman of the board. When Davies resigned from the company in May 2004 for health reasons, Kassling was reinstated. He again relinquished the President and CEO titles to Al Neupaver in February 2006.
Before purchasing the company, Kassling spent six years overseeing its operations as American Standard’s Vice President, Group Executive, Railway Products Group. Prior to that, between 1978 and 1984, he served American Standard Incorporated first as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development and later as Vice President, Group Executive, Building Specialties Group.
From 1974 to 1978, Kassling held various operating and strategic planning positions with Clark Equipment Company. Previous to 1974, he was an early member of the Boston Consulting Group, served as an officer in the United States Navy, and was a first line supervisor in machining and assembly for Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Kassling holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Purdue University. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2005.
Kassling is a board member of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and SmartOps Corporation. Kassling is also a trustee of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and a member of the advisory board of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Kassling also served as a board member with Aearo Corporation, Commercial Intertech, Dravo and Scientific Atlanta. He also is a former trustee of Shadyside Academy, La Roche College and the advisory board of the Krannert School of Business of Purdue University.