Board of Directors
Robert A. Bruggeworth
Robert A. Bruggeworth serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Qorvo, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance RF components and compound semiconductors. He also serves on Qorvo’s board of directors. Prior to the merger of RF Micro Devices, Inc. (“RFMD”) and TriQuijnt Semiconductor, Inc. to form Qorvo, Inc., Mr. Bruggeworth served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RFMD and served on the RFMD board of directors. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Bruggeworth served RFMD as both President of the company and Vice President of wireless products. Before joining RFMD, Mr. Bruggeworth held a variety of positions at AMP, Inc., a $5.5 billion supplier of electrical and electronic connection devices, including Divisional Vice President and Area Director for AMP's Asia Pacific Central region; Divisional Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific; and most recently Divisional Vice President of Computer and Consumer Electronics, based in Hong Kong, China. Mr. Bruggeworth attended Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Bruggeworth became an MSA director in 2007.
Alvaro Garcia-Tunon retired December 2013 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Wabtec Corporation, a leading supplier of technology-based products and services for rail, transit and other global industries. Mr. Garcia-Tunon currently serves on the boards of Matthews International Corp. and Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. where he chairs the Audit Committees. Mr. Garcia-Tunon also has served as Vice President of Acquisitions for AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. and held various leadership roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Arthur Andersen and Co. Mr. Garcia-Tunon holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Garcia-Tunon is a certified public accountant and is a member of the Virginia Bar. Locally, Mr. Garcia-Tunon is also on the Board of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, as well as the John Heinz History Center where he serves as Treasurer. He became an MSA director in 2012.
Thomas W. Giacomini
Thomas W. Giacomini serves as Chairman, President and CEO of JBT Corporation (Ticker: JBT), a leading global technology solutions provider to the Food and Aviation industries based in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, Mr. Giacomini oversees an organization with $2.5+ billion in market capitalization, 20-plus global locations and a customer base in more than 25 countries. Prior to his role with JBT Corporation, Mr. Giacomini served as President and CEO of Dover Engineered Systems, a segment of 14 diversified industrial companies for Dover Corporation. Mr. Giacomini holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. He became an MSA director in 2017.
William M. Lambert
William M. Lambert serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, following his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of MSA in May 2018. Mr. Lambert joined MSA in 1981 as a design engineer and over the years has served the company in a variety of capacities. He was named General Manager of the company's former Safety Products Division in 1997 and, in 1999, was elected Vice President. From 2003 to March 2007, Mr. Lambert served as President of MSA North America. One of Mr. Lambert's career highlights was the development of the patented Quick-Fill® System, an accessory for MSA Air Masks that allows firefighters to quickly replenish their air supplies in emergency or routine-use situations. In 2002, Mr. Lambert was honored for his contributions to North American firefighter safety by Design News magazine, which named him the publication's 2002 "Special Achievement Award" winner. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and a Master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Lambert currently serves as a director of Kennametal, Inc. and EQT Corp. He became an MSA director in 2007.
Diane M. Pearse
Diane M. Pearse has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Hickory Farms, LLC since March 2016. From May 2015 to March 2016, Ms. Pearse was Chief Operating Officer of Garrett Brands, LLC a privately held U.S. based consumer products company. Before joining Garrett Brands, Ms. Pearse served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Merchandising for Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, a fully automated DVD rental company and wholly-owned by Coinstar, Inc. Ms. Pearse also held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Crate and Barrel, a leading specialty retailer of home furnishings, from 2001-2010. Ms. Pearse holds a Bachelor's degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a Master's degree in business administration from DePaul University. Ms. Pearse became an MSA director in 2004.
Rebecca B. Roberts
Rebecca B. Roberts retired in 2011 as President of Chevron Pipe Line Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corp, where she was responsible for a network of more than 10,000 miles of pipelines transporting crude oil, petroleum products, chemicals, natural gas and natural gas liquids in North America. Prior to her role as President, Ms. Roberts served as President of Chevron Global Power Generation. In this role, Ms. Roberts was responsible for managing Chevron’s portfolio of commercial power plants in the United States, Asia and Europe, and for identifying new growth and business development opportunities for power generation worldwide. She began her career as a chemist with Texaco, advanced through several technical positions and was serving as the country manager in Panama prior to the company’s merger with Chevron. Ms. Roberts graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Ms. Roberts currently serves as a director for AbbVie, Inc. and Black Hills Corporation. She became an MSA director in 2013.
Sandra Phillips Rogers
Sandra Phillips Rogers serves as Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Previously, Ms. Rogers served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Prior to joining Toyota in 2012, Ms. Rogers was a partner at the global law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She also served as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel at Pfizer, Inc., and as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Ms. Rogers received her Bachelor of journalism and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She is active on the boards of YWCA USA, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Ms. Rogers became an MSA director in 2017.
John T. Ryan III
John T. Ryan III served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSA until his retirement from the Company in 2008. Following his retirement, he remained the Non Executive Chairman of the Board until May 2015, when he retired from that role. He continues to serve the Board as a director. Mr. Ryan joined MSA in 1969 and from 1974 to 1986 served in the company's International Division covering operations in South America, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Ryan was Executive Vice President from 1986 to 1990, overseeing the company's U.S. operations. He was elected President of MSA in 1990, and in 1991 assumed the additional responsibilities of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Advisory Council of Business at the University of Notre Dame and a trustee of the Extra Mile Foundation that supports inner-city Catholic schools in Pittsburgh. He is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Safety Equipment Association, a past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a past Vice Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Mr. Ryan became a director of MSA in 1981.
L. Edward Shaw, Jr.
L. Edward Shaw Jr. served as a senior managing director of Richard C. Breeden & Co., engaged in investment management, strategic consulting, and governance matters from 2006 until his retirement in July, 2010. For most of his career, he served in senior legal and executive roles with major financial institutions. He was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of both Aetna, Inc. and The Chase Manhattan Bank, and, in addition to his legal role, his responsibilities included a wide range of strategic planning, risk management, compliance and public policy issues. Mr. Shaw also served as Chief Corporate Officer of the Americas for National Westminster Bank. In 2004 he was appointed Independent Counsel to the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange on regulatory matters. He currently serves as a director of Encompass Health Corporation (formerly HealthSouth Corp.) and is also a member of the board of Covenant House, the country's largest private provider of crisis care to children. Mr. Shaw graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He became an MSA director in 1999.
Nish J. Vartanian
Nish J. Vartanian is President and Chief Executive Officer of MSA. Mr. Vartanian joined MSA in 1985 as a sales representative. Over his 32-year career with the company, he has served in a variety of roles of increased responsibility. In 2010, Mr. Vartanian led MSA’s integration of California-based General Monitors, the company’s largest acquisition. From August, 2013 to May, 2015, Mr. Vartanian served as President of MSA North America, overseeing MSA’s largest business segment. In May 2015, he was named Senior Vice President and President, MSA Americas, assuming responsibility for MSA’s business in North America, Mexico and Latin America. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer in June, 2017. Mr. Vartanian earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He became an MSA director in 2017.