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Commerce Announces Appointment of First-Ever Chief Manufacturing Officer

Portrait of Molnar

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the appointment of the agency’s first-ever Chief Manufacturing Officer. The manufacturing sector is critical to the U.S. economy, and the Obama administration is committed to building domestic manufacturing capabilities to create the new products, new industries and new jobs of the future. The new position will leverage NIST’s strong relationships with industry to accelerate innovation that will create 21st-century manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.

As Chief Manufacturing Officer, manufacturing industry executive Michael F. Molnar will be responsible for planning and coordination of the Institute’s broad array of manufacturing research and services programs and will support the broader Advanced Manufacturing Partnership recently launched by President Obama that brings industry, universities and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies. NIST is particularly well-positioned to support this goal because of its unique mission to work closely with industry.

Molnar has extensive industrial experience, with past leadership roles in manufacturing technology, advanced manufacturing engineering, metrology and quality systems. He will serve as the central point of contact with the White House, the Department of Commerce and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing.

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Commerce Announces Appointment - Chief Manufacturing Officer

Fantastic! Excellent idea! Plus the candidate selected is perfect for the job! Well done!

Dean Bartles
Vice President and General Manager
General Dynamics Corporation

"Leverage" huh? Interesting

"Leverage" huh? Interesting use of words. I hope he doesn't "leverage" to much advisory force over the naturally innovative forces in this economy. Where's the full job description by the way?

CMO Announcement

Just one more thing to love about the Obama Administration, recognition of manufacturing as a vital link to economic recovery. Congratulations, Mike!

Congratulations from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) congratulates Mr. Molnar on his appointment. As an SME Fellow and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, we are proud of his accomplishments and look forward to the good work and service he will provide in his role as Chief Manufacturing Officer.

Impressive Appointment

Congratulations! As someone who has worked extensively with Mr. Molnar at Cummins - I can attest that he is extremely qualified for this position and holds the respect of his co-workers and industry peers.

Good Job NIST and thank you President Obama! It is about time that Manufacturing made it to Prime Time!