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.