The Oxford, Conn., maker of plain, roller and ball bearings for the industrial, defense and aerospace industries said O'Brien will also join its audit committee. O'Brien has served as the head of the finance department at the University of Connecticut since 1999 and as a professor at the university since 1986.
O'Brien "will be an outstanding addition to the RBC board," said CEO Michael J. Hartnett. "Thomas brings over 30 years of finance experience to RBC's board, and the company will benefit from his counsel as we continue to grow."
"I am very excited to join the RBC board," said O'Brien. "RBC Bearings has terrific people, great products and is committed to providing service, quality and support to its customers. I am honored to have the opportunity to help the company build on the success it has achieved and look forward to working with fellow board members and the management team."
On Monday, RBC rose 84 cents to $21.56.