Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced the promotion of chief operating officer (COO) Craig Salvalaggio to the position of company president.
"Promoting Craig to the role of president was an easy decision,” said AMT’s Founder and CEO Michael Jacobs. “His passion for AMT and his remarkable leadership skills as COO over the past three years have been integral to our success. Craig has built an incredibly dedicated team, and his unwavering commitment to our company, culture, and values inspires the AMT team. I am certain that Craig will continue to lead AMT to even greater heights in his new role as president."
"Craig's promotion to president is a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional leadership skills," said Louis Finazzo, Vice President of Sales for FANUC America and long-time acquaintance. "He is an industry pioneer and a very strong and capable leader, with remarkable situational awareness and interpersonal skills. Under his leadership, AMT has achieved great success, earning the prestigious FANUC Level V Integrator award and becoming a trusted strategic partner. Craig's dedication to his customers and his team has been critical to the company's growth and reputation, and I have no doubt that he will continue to excel in his new role."
Salvalaggio has served in the role as the chief operating officer of AMT since 2020 which has prepared him to take on the additional responsibilities as company president. Since becoming COO, Salvalaggio has led overall operations of Applied Manufacturing Technologies along with sales, engineering, and talent management. His technical skills in automation and robotics combined with his leadership ability, led to his current role. Salvalaggio’s strategic mission is to continue driving growth and diversity of both the systems and services market segments at AMT.
With over 20 years of experience in automation and possessing a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lake Superior State University, Salvalaggio also holds a Master of Science in operations management and an MBA from Kettering University. Salvalaggio’s impressive rise to the role of president of AMT is a testament to his hard work and extensive experience, starting as a robotics software engineer in 2006 and working his way up the ranks to become vice president of engineering, vice president of operations, chief operating officer and finally, president. Having climbed the ladder in all aspects of the business, Salvalaggio possesses a deep understanding of the company's operations and clients.
Salvalaggio is actively involved in the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) on the Robotics Tech Sector board of directors and has also served on the RIA Membership Committee and as co-chair of the RIA Certified Robot Integrator Program Committee. He is an expert speaker and panelist on topics such as emerging technologies, culture and talent management, and has authored dozens of publications to further the industries progression on knowledge sharing and technology advancement.
"I am deeply honored and grateful to be named the president of this incredible company,” said Salvalaggio. “Working alongside my leader Mike Jacobs and our exceptional team has been an incredible journey so far, and I'm excited to continue driving our mission forward in this new role. As we look to the future, I am committed to preserving the unique culture and values that have made our company so successful, while also exploring new opportunities for growth and innovation.”