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Graybar makes executive changes, wins award from Bechtel

March 18, 2014
Graybar announced the retirements of Richard Cole and William Keller and new appointments in Minneapolis, Chicago and the company's board of directors. Also, Bechtel recognized Graybar for supplier excellence.

Graybar Electric, St. Louis, announced several changes to its leadership team and board of directors. Richard A. Cole, Chicago district vice president and a member of Graybar’s board of directors, will retire Oct. 1, 2014, after 42 years with the company. He will also step down from his role as a director at that time. William P. Mansfield has been elected to the board and appointed senior vice president, sales and marketing, effective Apr. 1. Mansfield has worked for Graybar for more than 26 years and currently serves as vice president, marketing. Steven M. Stone has been appointed to take Cole's place as district vice president in Chicago, effective Oct. 1. Stone currently serves as vice president, sales at Graybar’s corporate headquarters and has been with the company for more than 15 years. Thomas G. Pratt has been named district vice president in Minneapolis, effective July 1. Pratt will replace G. William Keller, who will be retiring after 40 years with the company. Pratt is a 24-year Graybar veteran who currently serves as director, electrical sales, in the company’s Chicago district.

In other news, Graybar was recognized by engineering firm Bechtel as one of 56 companies recognized for outstanding work on power projects with the Bechtel Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel Power’s communications, renewable, transmission, nuclear and thermal projects during 2013.

“Subcontractors and suppliers play a critical role in our ability to deliver projects to our customers with the highest levels of safety, quality and ethics,” said Toby Seay, president of Bechtel’s power global business unit. “The expertise and innovation they bring are essential to a project’s success.”

“Bechtel’s standard of excellence makes this award especially meaningful,” said Bob Lyons, Graybar Senior Vice President, North America Operations. “Bechtel brings skill, experience and customer commitment to each of its projects. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together and hope to continue our relationship in the future.”

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors, including: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality equipment on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise and environmental compliance. Nominations were submitted by Bechtel project procurement and contracts managers, and final recommendations were approved by senior leadership within Bechtel’s power business.

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