President and Chief Executive Officer, Aviat Networks
Peter A. Smith was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviat Networks, the leading expert in wireless transport solutions, in January 2020. Dr. Smith has more than 25 years of leadership experience in business management, having most recently served as Senior Vice President, US Windows and Canada for Jeld-Wen, one of the world's largest door and window manufacturers. In this role, he had full profit and loss responsibility for Jeld-Wen's $1B+ windows business and helped deliver growth and improved profitability through the implementation of lean manufacturing principles and strategic growth programs. Prior to Jeld-Wen, Dr. Smith served as President of Polypore International's Transportation and Industrial segment, where he implemented a strategy for growth in a stagnant business and helped prepare the former public company for sale to the Asahi Kasei Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Voltaix, Inc., a speciality chemicals manufacturer and supplier to the semiconductor industry, until its sale to Air Liquide.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Smith held a number of executive leadership positions at Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including Cooper Industries (wireless business), Dover Knowles Electronics (semiconductor components business), and Honeywell Specialty Materials (display business). In these roles, he held various responsibilities in the areas of operations, sales and marketing, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Smith also served on the board of Soleras Advanced Coatings, a speciality materials company, from 2015-2018.
Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University and M.B.A. from Arizona State University. He also has a bachelor of science degree in Materials Engineering.