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David W. Grzelak '76M

Business Administration

David W. Grzelak '76M

Dave graduated from Penn State University in 1971 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He then obtained his MBA from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1992, Dave was inducted into Penn State-Behrend’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Dave was honored with the Penn State’s College of Engineering highest award as Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award in April, 1999. In April of 2001, Dave was recognized by Gannon University with the Distinguished Master’s Degree Alumni Award.

In 2005, Penn State appointed Dave to the Board of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. In 2006, Alamo Group selected Dave to its Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee.

Dave joined General Electric Transportation Systems in 1971 on their Manufacturing Management Training Program. He has held numerous assignments with increasing responsibility in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, sales and management. His last assignment at G.E. was Manager, Off-Highway Vehicles in which he had P+L responsibility for electric drive systems sales, service and parts worldwide.

Dave joined Komatsu Dresser Company on January 1, 1991 as Vice President, Sales and assumed the additional responsibility of the Service organization as Vice President, Service and Sales in February, 1992. Dave was promoted to Vice President, Marketing in 1993, Executive Vice President in 1995, President & COO in 1997, Chief Executive Officer in 1998, Chairman and CEO in 1999, Global Officer, Komatsu Ltd. June, 1999 and Chairman and CEO of Komatsu Mining Systems in May, 2000.

In April, 2002, Dave was appointed as Chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp. with management responsibility of five U.S. Komatsu Operations related to the construction, utility and mining industries.

Dave is married to Diane and has two children, Mike and Meghan.

(Published prior to 2009)