Anixter names new president and COO

May 30, 2017
Anixter International Inc. announced the appointment William A. Galvin as the distributor's new president and COO.

GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) today announced that William A. Galvin has been promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer by the company's board of directors, effective July 1, 2017.

Galvin, age 54, is currently Anixter's executive vice president - Network and Security Solutions, and has been with the company for 29 years. According to a press release, "in this role since 2012, Mr. Galvin has led this market-leading global business driving a significant expansion of the value-added supply chain services, and more recently, the strategic integration of the Tri-Ed Security Products acquisition. Prior to his current role, he held the position of executive vice president – North America and EMEA, Network and Security Solutions, preceded by positions of increasing responsibility across the [company's] sales and marketing organizations."

Commenting on the appointment, Robert J. Eck, Anixter's chief executive officer, said, “The appointment of Bill Galvin to the position of president and chief operating officer is a result of the company’s growth and expansion into new markets and product lines in recent years. Bill’s outstanding track record at Anixter has demonstrated that he possesses the qualities and experience necessary to lead the larger organization to continued success.”

The Anixter board of directors has also approved the promotion of William C. Geary II to replace Galvin as the distributor's executive vice president - Network and Security Solutions. Geary, age 47, currently the company's senior vice president – International, Network and Security Solutions, has been with Anixter for 22 years. As noted by Anixter, Geary has demonstrated strong leadership in this role and in previous leadership roles, including president of Accu-Tech. “I have worked closely with Bill for over 10 years and know the passion and drive that he brings to the business will allow him to lead a successful business to even greater levels of performance,” commented Bill Galvin.

Sam Zell, chairman of the Anixter board of directors, concluded, “Anixter has always been a company with extremely strong leadership. Over the last three years, the company made two strategic acquisitions that have both brought greater opportunity for growth as well as additional complexity. These executive management changes reflect the board’s desire to ensure there is sufficient depth and breadth to the management team in order for the company to continue to execute effectively on all of its growth strategies.”

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