Nishan J. Vartanian is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSA Safety, Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. He joined the company in 1985 as a sales representative, and was appointed as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2018. Over his 35-year career with the company, he has served in a variety of roles of increased responsibility. Mr. Vartanian serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees for Manufacturers Alliances, the Board of Trustees for the International Associates of Firefighters (IAFF) Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD), chairing the Infrastructure Committee.
In 2010, Mr. Vartanian led MSA’s integration of California-based General Monitors, the company’s largest acquisition. From August 2013 to May 2015, Mr. Vartanian served as President of MSA North America, overseeing MSA’s largest business segment. In May 2015, he was named Senior Vice President and President, MSA Americas, assuming responsibility for MSA’s business in North America, Mexico and Latin America. In May 2020, Mr. Vartanian was elected Chairman of the Board, becoming just the sixth Chairman in MSA’s 106 year history. He became an MSA director in 2017. Mr. Vartanian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.