ST. LOUIS – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services announced Graybar Canada President and CEO Frank Hughes is retiring after 40 years with the company, effective January 5, 2012. Upon Hughes’ retirement, Peter Horncastle will be named Executive Vice President and General Manager, assuming leadership of Graybar Canada.
Graybar Canada is a subsidiary of Graybar, headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with 30 branch locations across the country and more than 500 employees.
Hughes started his long career with Harris & Roome Supply in 1972, holding positions in sales, branch management, and electronics and operations management. He acquired an ownership stake in the company and stayed with the organization after it was purchased by Graybar. For Graybar, Hughes served as executive vice president and general manager and was promoted in 2000 to president and CEO of Graybar Canada. He also served as chairman of Graybar Canada’s board of directors and has been a member of Graybar’s board of directors since 2004.
Horncastle has been with Graybar Canada since 1989, starting his career in the warehouse. He has since garnered a variety of experience, serving in counter and sales positions, as branch manager, sales and marketing manager and regional vice president. Horncastle was elected to Graybar Canada’s board of directors, effective January 5, 2012.
“We are grateful to Frank for his 40 years of service and dedication,” said Bob Lyons, Graybar’s Senior Vice President, North America Business. “We wish him well in retirement and look forward to working with Peter as he leads Graybar Canada into the future.”
Graybar also announced that Kathleen M. Mazzarella has been appointed president, effective June 1, 2012. Mazzarella currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer, a position she has held for the past year. In her new role, she will continue to set the strategic direction for Graybar’s sales and marketing function, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the overall business. Also on June 1, 2012, Graybar’s Chairman, President and CEO, Robert A. Reynolds, Jr. will serve as executive chairman. He will remain actively involved in the company as the lead executive, overseeing the company’s strategy and providing guidance to the executive team.
“As Chairman, President and CEO, Bob has done a remarkable job of leading the company,” said Mazzarella. “I have enjoyed working with him over the years and look forward to learning from his experience during this transition.”
Reynolds added, "In Kathy's 31 years with Graybar, she has consistently demonstrated a passion for the business, a commitment to Graybar’s values and an exceptional ability to achieve results. Appointing her to this position reinforces Graybar’s philosophy of managing the company for the long-term. Her leadership will enhance the way we work to our customers’ advantage, both today and in the future.”