Graybar's board executive chairman retires

Kathy Mazzarella to serve as chairman of the board in January 2013.

Graybar's Robert A. Reynolds, Jr.

Graybar, a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and related supply chain management and logistics services, announced the upcoming retirement of the executive chairman of its board of directors, Robert A. Reynolds, Jr., effective January 1, 2013. Reynolds has been with Graybar for 40 years, including nearly 12 years as chairman, president and CEO. He has served as executive chairman of the board since June 1 of this year.

"During his time as CEO, Reynolds successfully led Graybar through times of economic prosperity and recession, strengthened the company’s financial condition and invested in technology to prepare the business for future growth," said the distributor in a press statement.

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Reynolds has also been actively involved in industry, civic and community organizations, serving as chairman of the National Association of Wholesale Distributors, the National Association of Electrical Distributors and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

“Graybar is a remarkable employee-owned organization, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to lead the company,” said Reynolds. “It has been a privilege to work alongside Graybar’s senior leadership team and board of directors for the last several years. I thank them for their support and am confident that their leadership will bring about a bright future for the company.”

Reynolds was succeeded as president and CEO of Graybar by Kathleen M. Mazzarella in June of 2012. Upon Reynolds’ retirement in January, Mazzarella will also serve as chairman of the board for the distributor.

“Bob has been an outstanding leader for Graybar,” said Mazzarella. “His passion for our business, our industry and our people has positioned Graybar among the most respected and admired companies. On behalf of everyone at Graybar, I thank Bob for his exceptional contributions to our company and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

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Graybar's Kathy Mazzarella

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