Nish Vartanian Elected Chairman of MSA Safety Inc.
PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2020 - The Board of Directors of MSA Safety Inc. (NYSE: MSA) today 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 leader 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.
“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.
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