Gonzales will be joining Lydall from his position as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a diversified global supplier of railroad and transit system products and services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc. Prior to joining Progress Rail, Gonzales held financial and operational leadership roles of increasing responsibilities within Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a Fortune Global 50 automotive manufacturer. In his last role at Nissan, Gonzales served as the North American controller responsible for vehicle cost reduction activities. Prior to that role, he was the chief financial officer for Nissan’s Global Sales & Marketing functions based in Yokohama, Japan.
Commenting on Gonzales’ appointment, Dale G. Barnhart, president and CEO of the company, said, “We are delighted to have Randy join Lydall’s executive leadership team. He brings significant financial, operational and strategy experience in highly complex, global manufacturing businesses, including those in the automotive industry. He is an outstanding leader who provides the right balance of financial discipline and operational rigor.”
Gonzales holds a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Gonzales is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.