Erik Gershwind, President and Chief Operating Officer, to Become Chief Executive Officer and President David Sandler, Chief Executive Officer, will Transition to Executive Vice Chairman of the Board
Melville, NY - MSC Industrial Direct Co., a premier distributor of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States, today announced that Erik Gershwind will become President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2013, as part of the Company's previously announced succession plan.
Mr. Gershwind, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed current Chief Executive Officer, David Sandler. Upon the completion of this transition on January 1st and as previously announced, Mr. Sandler will serve as Executive Vice Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors until at least calendar year 2017. As Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. Sandler will continue to play an important role in the Company, providing leadership and guidance to the Company's executive team. Additionally, Chairman of the Board Mitchell Jacobson will become Non-Executive Chairman.
Under the succession plan, which has been in place since October 2010, Mr. Gershwind was selected by the Company's Board of Directors as the successor to Mr. Sandler as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gershwind, age 41, was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2009 and promoted to President in October 2011. In October 2010, he was appointed a member of the Company's Board of Directors. For more than 16 years, Mr. Gershwind has managed key aspects of MSC's business, beginning with mergers and acquisitions in 1996 and expanding into sales, product management, marketing and e-Commerce. In 1999, he established MSC's highly successful internet business. Since 2008, Mr. Gershwind has led the Company's strategic team responsible for defining and directing business strategy.
Mr. Sandler commented, "I would like to congratulate Erik on his appointment to Chief Executive Officer. Erik has worked diligently through positions of increasing responsibility during his extensive tenure at MSC and has demonstrated a strong history of accomplishment, leadership and contribution to defining and driving the Company's strategy. He has an intimate understanding of the needs of our customers and all stakeholders, deep expertise in our industry and the vision to bring MSC into the future. I wish Erik all the best in his new role, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition. I have never been more confident about the future of our Company."
Mr. Gershwind commented, "It is an extraordinary opportunity to lead MSC as we enter this next phase of development here and in the industry. I believe MSC is in an ideal position to continue to grow and gain market share, and I am eager to embrace the responsibilities of leading the Company."
Philip Peller, the Board of Directors' Lead Director, said: "We are pleased to announce Erik's appointment as CEO. Erik has the experience and vision, combined with a deep understanding of the Company and industry, to continue driving long-term value for all stakeholders. We also want to express our gratitude to David for his stewardship of MSC during his time as CEO. He was instrumental in guiding the Company through challenging times, created significant value during his tenure and has set MSC on a strong, sustainable path for years to come. I look forward to his continuing contributions as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board."
About MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.
MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. is one of the largest distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. MSC employs one of the industry's largest sales forces and distributes approximately 600,000 industrial products from approximately 3,000 suppliers. In-stock availability is approximately 99%, with next day standard delivery to the contiguous United States on qualifying orders up until 8 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit MSC's website at http://www.mscdirect.com.