John Arapidis has assumed the helm of Komatsu dealer Kirby-Smith Machinery, replacing Ed Kirby, who is retiring after nearly 40 years. Kirby will serve as chairman of the board.
Arapidis is now the president and CEO of the Oklahoma City-based dealership after serving as vice president of major accounts at the firm since 2017. Prior to joining Kirby-Smith, he spent nearly 30 years at Komatsu America in a variety of roles, including national accounts manager and vice president of its rental and used equipment division.
“Making the decision to step back from my role was not an easy one, but I know that with the appointment of John to President and CEO, Kirby-Smith Machinery will continue to remain a leader in the industry in John’s extremely capable hands,” Kirby says. “During the past four years, John’s experience, leadership style and vision for the company have proven to be the right fit for this role, and will benefit the entire KSM organization, as well as our partners and clients.”
In his new role as board chairman, Kirby will work in an advisory board and continue to liaise with customers and partners.
Established in 1983, Kirby-Smith has 12 branch locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
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