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President/CEO of MSA opens “CEO Conversations” spring series Feb. 17

2/4/2010 —
The CEO Conversations 2010 spring series kicks off Feb. 17 featuring William M. LambertWilliam M. Lambert, president and CEO of Mine Safety Appliances Company. This free event is open to the public and will be held in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium, in Penn State Fayette’s Community Center, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to serving as president and CEO of MSA, Lambert is also the company’s director. He is responsible for business initiatives, strategy development, and operations throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and 40 international affiliates through MSA’s three primary business segments: MSA North America, MSA International and MSA Europe. Established in 1914, MSA is the world’s leading provider of safety products that protect people’s health, safety, and the environment.

A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Lambert received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and joined MSA as a design engineer in 1981. Through the years, he has served as product line manager, nuclear industry specialist, project engineer, director of marketing, vice president/general manager of the former Safety Products Division, and president of MSA North America. Prior to joining MSA, Lambert was a design engineer for Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

CEO Conversations debuted in fall 2007 with local businessman, philanthropist, and former Fayette County Commissioner Joseph A. Hardy III as the guest speaker. Other guest speakers have included: Attorney General Tom Corbett and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon; Sheetz Inc. Chairman Stephen Sheetz; American Eagle Outfitters CEO James O’Donnell; Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Allegheny Construction Group Owner and President Laura Deklewa; Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer; First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marjorie Rendell; Burt Hill Principal and Chairman Emeritus John Kosar; Westinghouse Electric Company Chairman Steve Tritch; and Philips Healthcare CEO Don Spence.

CEO Conversations is designed to give students the opportunity to hear from and talk with key individuals in the local, regional and national business communities about business, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
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