Steven Shepard has been named Director of Product Management for RIDGID in Elyria, Ohio. In this role, Shepard will manage the development of new products from ideation through launch, lead global, cross-functional new product development teams and design and implement a growth strategy for RIDGID hand, tubing and pipe fabrication tools, including the iconic pipe wrench.

Shepard is an experienced product manager and leader who previously drove year-over-year net sales growth with Stanley Black & Decker in Connecticut. His deep knowledge of the skilled trades combined with his desire to develop purpose-built, multi-generational tools makes him a great addition to the RIDGID team.

Shepard, a Houston native, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University.