MxD, the national digital manufacturing and cybersecurity institute, announced today that Berardino Baratta has been named MxD’s next CEO. Baratta, currently vice president of projects and engineering at MxD, will officially assume his new role on July 1.
Current CEO Chandra Brown, who is retiring, will serve as a part-time adviser to the organization through the end of 2022.
“MxD was looking for another inspiring leader, one who has the right combination of technology, manufacturing, and public sector experience,” said Mary Isbister, president of GenMet Corp. and chair of the MxD Board. “Berardino not only met our criteria, but he brings a wealth of institutional knowledge about MxD and insight from his prior experience in software and product development. His experience makes him a perfect fit to continue to lead MxD on the path of innovation, growth, and success in the manufacturing industry.”
In his role as VP of projects and engineering, Baratta has worked closely with MxD’s partners and internal teams to develop, test, and commercialize advanced Industry 4.0 concepts and manufacturing technologies aimed at increasing innovation, capacity, and efficiency among U.S. manufacturers. During his tenure, Baratta grew the projects portfolio from 23 to 63, including two Supply Chain Risk Alert projects.
“I am honored to have been named the new CEO of MxD,” said Baratta. “I’m taking over at a great time for the organization. My focus is to build on the strong foundation that is already in place. The team and culture that currently exist are what motivate me to continue to work to grow our ecosystem and secure funding to deliver even greater impact and return for our partners and U.S. manufacturing.”