Material Handling Systems, Inc. (MHS), a leading provider of advanced parcel sortation systems, engineering, and equipment, announces that it has named co-founder and COO Scott McReynolds as its CEO, succeeding co-founder Tony Mouser in the role. Mouser, who stepped down from his position as CEO, will continue managing special projects, and co-founder Greg Judge remains in his role as president. Both will support McReynolds in broad company leadership.
“We are very excited that Scott McReynolds, a co-founder of MHS with 20 years’ experience serving as its COO, will step into the role of CEO and lead MHS’s next phase of global growth and expansion, with continuing leadership and support from co-founder Tony Mouser, who will remain with the company as a special projects sdvisor, and co-founder and president Greg Judge,” says Jim Carlisle, managing director at Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL).
Since MHS’s founding in 1999, Mouser, McReynolds, and Judge have grown the Company into a leading provider of intelligent material handling systems to the top logistics and e-commerce companies around the world. During that time, they collectively led significant operational improvements and product and geographic expansion, enhancing MHS’s capabilities and offerings and establishing a global presence.
In April 2017, MHS’s three co-founders led the Company to a recapitalization in partnership with THL, providing MHS with operational expertise and financial resources to accelerate its overall growth strategy. Also in 2017, MHS’s three co-founders established MHS Europe in order to provide MHS’s European customers with the same high level of support and services that MHS is known for in North America. Subsequently in 2017 and 2018, Mouser, McReynolds, and Judge oversaw MHS’s successful acquisitions of Atronix Engineering, Advanced Production Systems, A2i Systems, Officina Costruzioni Meccaniche (OCM), and VanRiet Material Handling Systems, further improving the company’s infrastructure and bolstering its engineering and technical capacity.
Carlisle continued, “Scott, Greg, and Tony are exceptional leaders, and together they have been responsible for growing MHS into a world-class automation systems provider for the most reputable, global logistics and e-commerce businesses. As MHS accelerates into its next chapter, we welcome Scott into the CEO role with Greg supporting him as President. We also thank Tony for his tremendous contributions to MHS as CEO over the last 20 years. We are enthusiastic about his continuing work as Special Projects Advisor, leveraging his extensive industry experience and capabilities with large clients while supporting MHS at its various worksites.”
“When we began succession planning, our main goals were to ensure an orderly leadership transition and to identify an executive who would continue building on our successful track record and grow the business into adjacent markets and internationally,” said Mouser. “We firmly believe we have achieved those goals by elevating Scott, an experienced leader who helped establish MHS as a customer-focused industry leader and manage its daily operations, to the position of CEO. I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish thus far, and look forward to supporting Scott, Greg, and the rest of our highly-qualified management team through this transition and beyond.”
“I am deeply honored to assume this new position and to have the opportunity to lead MHS forward as CEO with Greg as our President,” said McReynolds. “Driven by our commitment to engineering talent, technological innovation, and serving our customers' needs, MHS is well-positioned for continued growth and product diversification. I thank Tony for his leadership and collaboration over the years, and look forward to his continuing contributions to MHS.”