Stinson Assumes CEO Role with Southwire

Southwire Co. (Carrollton, Ga.): Rich Stinson has assumed the role of the company’s president and chief executive officer effective January 1.  Stinson, Southwire’s fourth CEO in its 65-year history, succeeds Stu Thorn, who led the company’s day-to-day operations for 16 years.

“Southwire is committed to sustainable growth, where it makes sense, in the global wire and cable market. Stu has done a great job of finding those growth opportunities and capitalizing on them,” said Southwire Chairman Roy Richards, Jr., in a press release. “Rich brings a unique perspective on our industry, along with an intimate knowledge of our products and customers. Together, those provide strong platform from which he will lead our company as we enter a new area of delivering power throughout the world.”

A veteran of more than three decades in the electrical industry, Stinson joined Southwire on Oct. 15 as the company’s president, following his retirement in September from Eaton Corporation. There, he was responsible for a large business group with seven divisions. The group offered a comprehensive portfolio of services for every stage of a power system’s life cycle, including design, build and support.

Stinson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, started his career in Westinghouse’s Manufacturing Development Program for projects in Puerto Rico. In the program, he served in multiple disciplines such as engineering, manufacturing and supply chain before joining Eaton. 

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