MSA Safety Names Lee McChesney Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lee McChesney

PITTSBURGH — October 17, 2022 — MSA Safety, a developer and manufacturer of safety products that help protect people and facility infrastructures, today announced that Lee McChesney has been named senior vice president and CFO. McChesney previously served as vice president, Corporate Finance and CFO for Stanley Black & Decker’s $12.8 billion operating unit, Global Tools and Storage.

“We are delighted to have Lee join our executive leadership team,” said Nish Vartanian, MSA Safety chairman, president and CEO. “Lee is a proven CFO with a track record of delivering exceptional results and creating value,” Vartanian said. “Coming from a Fortune 500 industrial manufacturing company that serves a number of markets common to MSA, I’m confident Lee will help strengthen our organization with his 20-plus years of financial leadership experience in guiding a large, growth-focused enterprise.”

McChesney joined The Stanley Works in 1999. Initially, he served in several finance and business leadership roles including business unit CFO, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Director and deploying the Stanley Fulfillment System. Over his career, McChesney has helped guide more than 40 acquisitions and integrations.  He also served as the finance integration leader for The Stanley Works and Black & Decker merger in 2010.

Following the merger, McChesney was named CFO for Global Tools & Storage, a business that more than doubled in size through the decade. In 2016, McChesney was named president, Hand Tools, Accessories and Storage, a $4 billion business that included the successful integration of Craftsman and Newell Tools. In 2019, McChesney was appointed CFO for Global Tools and Storage and Corporate FP&A, and in 2021 assumed additional responsibility for Corporate Tax and Treasury.

McChesney also helped launch one of Stanley Black & Decker’s largest innovation showcases for its Craftsman brand following its acquisition. The comprehensive program represented more than $500 million of incremental innovation at improved margin levels. “In addition to his operations and financial background, Lee understands the importance of innovation and how to best leverage it,” Vartanian said. “As we think about innovation at MSA, including our Connected Technology platforms and our recently launched MSA+ subscription service, I know Lee will bring to our team valuable insights on how we can best utilize those assets to drive greater value and market leadership.”

In his role with MSA, McChesney succeeds interim CFO Jonathan Buck, who will resume his responsibilities as chief accounting officer.

McChesney holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut. He also earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his professional responsibilities, McChesney is actively involved with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, serving on its board and as a member of its executive committee.  He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Cabinet for the University of Connecticut School of Business.

Posted: October 17, 2022

Source: MSA Safety