Stephen G. Kaniewski was appointed president and chief executive officer of Valmont Industries, Inc. in 2018. Prior to that, Steve was president and chief operating officer (COO) after serving as group president of the Utility Support Structures division and vice president of global operations for the Irrigation division, where he put an emphasis on further developing the global supply chain, deployment of Lean manufacturing processes, and a cost of goods sold (COGS) focus on all plants. Steve joined Valmont in 2010, where he led the corporate IT group.

Steve’s career has given him varied experiences in international manufacturing, marketing and IT. Over half of his career has been focused running operations and half in the IT space working with industrial goods manufacturers. During his time at Belden, he served as vice president of Global IT Applications, leading the company’s phased rollout of SAP. Prior to that, he was vice president of operations for Belden’s Specialty Division and country director for Mexico. He worked with union and government representatives to establish new legal entities, obtain tax concessions and establish initial labor and operating contracts with the various government entities.

Before Belden initiated a merger with CDT (Cable Design Technologies) in 2005, Steve worked as vice president of operations for CDT’s specialty division in Mexico and the US. Prior to CDT, Steve worked as a technology consultant for companies implementing ERP systems and as manager of fulfillment operations for National Media, a direct marketing company.

Steve currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the AIM Institute in Omaha, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting vibrant communities through technology and as a board member for United Way of the Midlands.

He received a B.S. in Sociology degree from Santa Clara University in 1994.