Chris DiPentima, president of Middletown-based Pegasus Manufacturing, was elected chair of CBIA's board of directors Dec. 6.
He succeeds Mary Kay Fenton, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, who becomes immediate past chair.
The board also elected two vice chairs: Jennifer DelMonico, managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP and Jeff Hubbard, market president of Keybank.
"With a new administration and new legislature, it's an exciting time for Connecticut businesses and I’m honored to lead CBIA's distinguished board through this period of change," DiPentima said.
"We have so much to be proud of here in our state, including our robust manufacturing sector, but we have work to do.
"We're eager to work with lawmakers to shape policy that drives economic growth, creates career paths, and continues to make Connecticut a great place to work, live, and raise a family."
"Chris is a highly respected leader in the manufacturing and business communities and I'm excited to have him guide our organization over the next year," said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
"His experience, along with that of Jennifer and Jeff, will be critical as we search for ways to improve Connecticut's economic future for all industries and companies of all sizes.
"I'm look forward to working side-by-side with such an accomplished group of Connecticut business executives."
Chris DiPentima is president of Pegasus Manufacturing, based in Middletown and a division of Leggett & Platt, a diversified manufacturer and member of the S&P 500 that conceives, designs, and produces a variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most airplanes, homes, offices, and automobiles.
He joined Pegasus in 2002 when it was family-owned, and introduced the company's current foundation of disciplined change management, continuous improvement/Lean, and strategic policy deployment.
DiPentima was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to the board of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund. He is also a past board member of the Connecticut Technical High School System and immediate past president of Aerospace Components Manufacturers.
DiPentima is also a member of the Connecticut contingency of the National Governor's Policy Academy for Best Practices in Manufacturing.
Prior to working at Pegasus, DiPentima spent eight years as a trial attorney representing corporations and individuals in litigation involving a broad range of areas, including labor and employment, contracts, workers’ compensation, and personal injuries as well as mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Jennifer DelMonico is managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP. She has been a trial lawyer for parties in complex commercial litigation disputes and defendants in tort and product liability actions for nearly 20 years.
She primarily represents clients in the manufacturing, technology, and healthcare industries.
DelMonico also advises clients on security breach and electronic data compliance issues.
From 1997 to 2000, DelMonico was an attorney in the product liability department at King & Spalding in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Before becoming managing partner of Murtha Cullina, she served as chair of the firm's litigation department and managing partner of the firm’s New Haven office.
DelMonico received a bachelor's of music degree in oboe performance from Northwestern University in 1994, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997.
As market president for KeyBank, Jeff Hubbard manages and directs the overall market-based commercial and industrial lending activities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Prior to the acquisition of First Niagara Bank by KeyBank in 2016, Hubbard served as New England Regional President for First Niagara.
Before joining First Niagara, Hubbard was with TD Bank, N.A., where he served for six years, most recently as regional vice president, commercial banking, responsible for managing the daily business activities for the bank in the Hartford region, as well as leading commercial, middle market, and small business lending activities statewide.
Hubbard holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Plymouth State University, and a mastery certificate from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please email or call Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957).