MSA Safety board elects Nish Vartanian non-executive chairman; Steve Blanco takes on CEO role

May 16, 2024

MSA Safety leadership changes

The Board of Directors of MSA Safety, Inc. elected Nishan J. Vartanian as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board on May 10, 2024.

Vartanian’s election follows his plans to retire as MSA Safety’s Chief Executive Officer, though he will remain on the company’s board.

As reported by MSA Safety, Vartanian will retire as a full-time employee at the end of May 2024, after serving as CEO since 2018 and Chairman since 2020.

The board’s decision aligns with a planned management succession, previously announced on February 22, 2024.

Vartanian’s leadership at MSA Safety has been marked by significant contributions to the development of advanced safety products and solutions.

Steve Blanco assumes CEO role

On the same day, Steven C. Blanco assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of MSA Safety.

Blanco becomes the 10th CEO in the company’s 110-year history.

He joined MSA Safety in 2012 and most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Blanco’s extensive experience within the company positions him well to lead MSA Safety into its next phase.

His tenure with the company has been noted for driving growth and operational efficiency.

Transition details and leadership history

Nish Vartanian’s transition to Non-Executive Chairman ensures continuity within MSA Safety’s leadership.

His retirement as CEO marks the end of a tenure during which he oversaw the expansion of the company’s product offerings and market reach.

Vartanian’s impact on the company will continue through his role on the board.

Blanco’s promotion is part of a strategic succession plan aimed at maintaining stability and growth.

His leadership style and experience are expected to further the company’s mission of protecting people and infrastructure through advanced safety solutions.

MSA Safety’s strategic direction

With Blanco at the helm, MSA Safety is poised to continue its legacy of innovation and market leadership.

The company’s commitment to safety and quality remains steadfast, with a focus on developing products that meet the evolving needs of its customers.

As the company transitions to new leadership, stakeholders can expect a seamless continuation of MSA Safety’s strategic initiatives.

Blanco’s vision for the company includes strengthening its position in the market and expanding its global footprint.

FSJA comment

MSA Safety’s recent leadership changes mark a significant transition in the company’s history.

With Nish Vartanian stepping down as CEO and taking on the role of Non-Executive Chairman, the company retains his vast experience and strategic insight on its board.

This move ensures that MSA Safety benefits from his continued guidance while allowing for fresh leadership under Steven Blanco.

Blanco’s appointment as President and CEO comes at a crucial time for the company.

His deep understanding of MSA Safety’s operations, gained from years of service, positions him to effectively steer the company forward.

His experience in driving growth and improving operational efficiency will be critical as MSA Safety navigates the challenges and opportunities of the safety industry.

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