MSA Safety promotes Nishan Vartanian to CEO
MSA Safety elected Nishan J. Vartanian to the position of President and CEO of the company, and William M. Lambert to the position of non-executive Chairman. Vartanian's election is part of a planned management succession the company announced in December 2017. Lambert, who will retire from MSA as an active full-time employee at the end of this month, has served as MSA's CEO since 2008 and Chairman since 2015. Vartanian is the ninth CEO of the 104-year-old Pittsburgh-based company and most recently served MSA as President and COO. As President and CEO, Vartanian will continue to oversee the implementation of many strategic initiatives across MSA's global portfolio to drive the future performance of the company. 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 33-year career with the company, Mr. Vartanian has served in a variety of capacities.