Alfred (Al) Calabria is the principal consultant at CAI. He has worked in numerous industries and functional areas over five decades. His experience spans several business cycles and he has led business units in both high-growth and turnaround situations. Al has had P&L responsibility for companies operating in five counties over the course of his career.
Prior to CAI, Al was with Meggitt, a multinational company concentrated in aerospace and defense markets. His roles included business unit President, division head of sales and marketing in North America, and corporate Vice President at Meggitt’s UK headquarters responsible for the corporate-wide Contracts function including corporate approval for bids and proposals to major customers.
Before Meggitt, Al ran three business units in a private equity portfolio. This assignment included full P&L responsibility for a $50M group of businesses operating in the defense, environmental and heavy equipment markets.
Previously, Al was President of ITT’s Engineered Process Solutions Division that consisted of nine business units in five countries. Here he received the Chairman’s award for the growth strategy that nearly tripled revenues over 5 years. He was also selected as one of only ten ITT corporate executive level mentors in the first formal executive mentoring program launched by ITT. He takes special pride in the executives developed under his leadership and in the successes many have achieved. While at ITT, Al served as Vice Chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association.
Prior to his ITT assignment, Al was Senior Vice President of Sulzer Pumps with full P&L responsibility for the largest plant in the world-wide pump group. He first executed a turnaround then moved to the core business where his unit achieved double digit revenue growth while operating margins remained in the high teens. He was awarded Sulzer’s Innovation Award for his implementation of a comprehensive customer alliance strategy that formed sustainable supplier/customer relationships with major energy clients such as Chevron, Conoco, DuPont, Fluor, Koch, Dow, Bechtel, Mustang Engineering and Solar Turbines.
Al’s sound base in business strategy was forged during his six years as a strategy consultant with the boutique consulting firm, Quigley & Associates. Although Quigley & Associates was no threat to McKinsey, it had a blue chip client list with the likes of Outboard Marine, Briggs & Stratton, Shell Oil, the American Management Association and numerous religious institutions such as the Archdiocese of Louisville and St. Meinrad Seminary.
Al’s early career included 18 years with ARMCO Inc., a diversified multinational corporation. He was promoted through five different divisions in multiple functional areas: Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Product Development, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, and M&A. Al was chosen as a Steel Fellow of The American Iron & Steel Institute where he represented Armco and the industry at university campuses throughout the Mid-West.
Mr. Calabria has contributed his time and talent with several non-profit organizations including SCORE, Meals on Wheels, The American Cancer Society, Houston Hospice, St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association, and others.
Al has also been an adjunct professor in management and leadership at Miami University of Ohio and the University of Houston.
Mr. Calabria received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University where he was class president for 4 years and played varsity baseball and freshman football; a Master of Administrative Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University whereupon graduation, he served on the curriculum review committee for that program. He was awarded a Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Michigan upon the completion of his thesis on Sales & Operations planning.