Kevin Smith has been named the GM of the recently formed Ditch Witch division of The Toro Company. Smith is tasked with bringing the businesses of Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics, American Augers and Trencor into one organisation whose products will be sold primarily through the worldwide Ditch Witch dealer channel.

   Kevin Smith, newly appointed GM of Ditch Witch.

Dennis Wierzbicki, the previous president of Ditch Witch, has retired and Smith is excited to lead the expanded Ditch Witch division into the future.

“Ditch Witch and Subsite customers have long enjoyed the localised service and support from their local Ditch Witch dealerships,” says Smith. “Those same market-leading benefits from our dealers will now be extended to current and new American Augers and Trencor customers around the world at one of our more than 175 dealer locations.”

Smith has a proven track record in the underground construction industry. He spent 20 years in the Ditch Witch organisation gaining experience in manufacturing, product development, research and development, sales, market development, product management and in direct sales with the dealer organisation.

From there, Smith served as president of MTI Equipment for seven years, where he expanded the brand’s presence in the used HDD equipment segment. In 2015, he began leading the Subsite Electronics and HammerHead businesses, where his leadership was instrumental in driving profitable growth for both brands and in developing HammerHead’s repair and rehabilitation strategy for the underground utility markets.

“I look forward to leading the Ditch Witch division and bringing these four brands together as one strong organisation. Each brand has unique, differentiating qualities, and we will leverage our talent and expertise in key market segments and work closely with our Ditch Witch dealers to deliver an unparalleled customer experience every day,” Smith said.

Smith is a respected member of the community and currently serves on the board of Harper Industries in Harper, Kansas, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers 2050 Infrastructure Taskforce, as well as on the Utility Expo show board.

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