Nishan Vartanian-CEO, MSA Safety

Nishan J. Vartanian recently was named President and Chief Executive Officer MSA Safety Incorporated, succeeding William M. Lambert. Vartanian’s election is part of a planned management succession at the company.

The 58-year-old becomes the ninth CEO of the 104-year-old Pittsburgh-based company and most recently served MSA as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. 

MSA products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighter protective apparel and helmets, and fall protection devices.

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. “Under Bill’s leadership, we have created a very solid foundation for MSA. Our focus now is to leverage that foundation to grow our business and carry out our enduring mission ‘that men and women may work in safety and that they, their families and communities may live in health throughout the world,’ ” he said.

Vartanian, a 33-year MSA veteran, has served as U.S. National Sales Manager; Director of North America Commercial Sales and Distribution; Vice President and Global Business Leader for MSA’s Fixed Gas and Flame Detection business; Vice President of MSA North America; and Senior Vice President and President, MSA Americas.

He received a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983. In addition to his MSA responsibilities, Mr. Vartanian serves on the board of trustees for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), and is an active volunteer for the Woodlands Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities and chronic illness.