The Board of Directors of MSA Safety Inc. announced the election of Nish J. Vartanian to the position of Chairman, succeeding William M. Lambert, who will continue to serve the company as a Director. Mr. Vartanian, 60, is the sixth chairman in the history of the 106-year-old Pittsburgh-based company - a global provider in the development and manufacture of innovative technologies that help protect people's health and safety, and facility infrastructures. Mr. Vartanian became an MSA director in 2017 and was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in May, 2018. He will continue in his role as MSA’s President and CEO. Design engineer to Director “I want to thank and recognize Bill Lambert for his leadership, integrity and governance over many years, as well as his longstanding commitment to the business and mission of MSA,” Mr. Vartanian said. Mr. Lambert, who joined the company in 1981 as a design engineer, became a Director of MSA in 2007 and was elected Chairman in 2015. Mr. Lambert served as MSA’s Chief Executive Officer from to 2008 up until his retirement in 2018. As Chairman, President and CEO, Mr. Vartanian will continue to drive the future performance of the company and its focus on pioneering innovation in safety product technologies. “Our strategic vision is built on leveraging our talent and product portfolio to achieve leadership positions in key geographies and market segments around the world,” Mr. Vartanian said. “Over the years, our team has strengthened MSA’s global brand as a leader in the development of game-changing technologies that enhance worker safety. I am grateful for the Board’s confidence and am extremely proud to have the opportunity to help continue that legacy,” he said. Fixed Gas and Flame Detection Mr. Vartanian has served in a variety of capacities, including U.S. National Sales Manager Mr. Vartanian joined MSA in 1985 as a sales intern and shortly thereafter moved into a sales position working in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Over his 35-year career with the company, Mr. Vartanian has served in a variety of capacities, including U.S. National Sales Manager; Director of North America Commercial Sales and Distribution; Vice President and Global Business Leader for MSA's Fixed Gas and Flame Detection business; Vice President of MSA North America; and Senior Vice President and President, MSA Americas. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mr. Vartanian received a bachelor's degree in business management in 1983. In addition to his MSA responsibilities, Mr. Vartanian serves on the Board of Trustees for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD), chairing the Infrastructure Committee. Challenging COVID-19 environment Robert A. Bruggeworth, the Board’s lead independent director, commented, “Nish has done an excellent job in guiding the company over the past two years, and particularly so through this challenging COVID-19 environment. We wish to thank Bill for his outstanding leadership as Chairman, and in Nish, we have an experienced and dynamic leader in whom our entire Board has full confidence.”
The Board of Directors of global safety equipment manufacturer, MSA Safety Incorporated has announced that Gregory B. Jordan, executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., has been elected to MSA’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jordan was elected as part of the company’s Board succession plan for director retirement. Legal and management services Prior to joining PNC, Mr. Jordan served as the global managing partner of Reed Smith LLP, and chairman of the senior management team and executive committee. During his tenure as managing partner, Reed Smith completed a series of combinations in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, to become one of the largest legal services firms in the world. Greg’s broad legal and management experience provides our team with greater depth and expertize" “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to add Greg to the MSA Board,” said William M. Lambert, MSA Chairman. “Greg’s broad legal and management experience provides our team with greater depth and expertize in each of those areas. In addition, his success in developing Reed Smith into one of the world’s largest providers of legal services, combined with his leadership responsibilities at one of the world’s most recognized financial institutions, adds a level of perspective that I know will serve MSA, our Board, and our shareholders very well in the years to come,” he said. Regulatory policies and corporate communications As general counsel and chief administrative officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, Mr. Jordan is responsible for all legal functions for the corporation and leads PNC’s relationship with the government, including its regulatory affairs, regulatory policy and government affairs operations. Mr. Jordan also is responsible for PNC’s Corporate Ethics Office, The PNC Foundation, Community Affairs, the Office of the Regional Presidents and Corporate Communications. In addition to his PNC responsibilities, Mr. Jordan serves as a board member of Highmark Health and Highmark, Inc., the Pro Bono Institute and the Extra Mile Education Foundation. He also chairs the board of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the board of trustees of Bethany College. In addition, Mr. Jordan is the PNC observer of the board of directors of BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Jordan earned his bachelor's degree from Bethany College and is a graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.