The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Board of Directors have appointed the organisation’s current Chief Operating Officer, Matt Miller, to succeed Ray Shook as Executive Director and CEO upon Shook’s retirement at the end of 2017.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Miller will officially begin his new role in January 2018 and Shook will transition to the role of Executive Director Emeritus.

Miller previously served as Chief Operating Officer at National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International in Houston, Texas. During his tenure with NACE, Miller led a variety of new programmes and global initiatives, and grew revenues through partnerships, training, membership activities, technical conferences and student competitions.

Prior to joining NACE, Miller served as Director for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation where he led the strategic direction for SAE’s Pre-Professional Education Programmes, including the award-winning ‘A World in Motion’ (AWIM) Programme and SAE Collegiate Design Series.

Miller is a decorated veteran who served in the US Army Infantry during Operation Desert Storm. He holds an MS in Non-profit Management from Robert Morris University and an MS in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University. Matt also graduated Summa cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education.

Ray Shook commented, “Matt Miller’s deep expertise in both non-profit and education makes him uniquely well-suited to lead AWS. Having worked with him closely since the beginning of the year, I’ve witnessed Matt’s incredible efforts to quickly get up to speed on the welding and cutting industry. I have complete confidence in his leadership and am committed to supporting Matt in his new role.”

Ray Shook commented “Matt Miller’s deep expertise in both non-profit and education makes him uniquely well-suited to lead AWS. Having worked with him closely since the beginning of the year, I’ve witnessed Matt’s incredible efforts to quickly get up to speed on the welding and cutting industry. I have complete confidence in his leadership and am committed to supporting Matt in his new role.”

Since joining AWS, Matt has worked diligently with Shook and the AWS Board to ensure a successful transition plan. “I am honoured to serve as AWS’ Executive Director & CEO and am very grateful for Ray’s guidance as we maintain our relentless focus in service to our members, partners, colleagues and the welding industry at large.”