Kaman Corp. announced Tuesday the return of a former executive to lead its aerospace segment.
The Bloomfield-based aerospace and industrial systems manufacturer said Richard R. Barnhart, 57, will succeed Gregory L. Steiner, who is set to retire Jan. 2. Barnhart begins the top aerospace job effective Sunday.
Barnhart previously served as president of Kaman’s aerostructures division.
He later worked at the Barnes Group, a Bristol-based industrial and aerospace manufacturer. He retired last year as senior vice president and president of Barnes Aerospace.
Barnhart also worked at United Technologies Corp. and its jet engine subsidiary, Pratt & Whitney.
Neal J. Keating, chief executive officer of Kaman, praised Barnhart’s “diverse experience and focus within the aerospace industry.”
Kaman’s aerospace business posted sales in 2016 of $702 million, about 39 percent of Kaman’s total sales of $1.8 billion.