John Gibbs to Retire From French Gerleman

St. Louis, MO – French Gerleman announces John Gibbs, executive vice president, will retire at the end of June after more than 30 years with the company.

“John is a strong leader and has helped manage the company through challenging times and market transitions,” said Bill French, CEO of French Gerleman. “We are grateful for his many contributions to the company and his loyal service.”

Hired as Vice President in 1983, Gibbs was promoted to executive vice president in 1985. As a corporate officer, has served as a member of the team that sets French Gerleman’s direction and oversees its operations. During his tenure, he helped the company expand from a $6 million distributor focused on the St. Louis industrial market to the $130 million regional distributor it is today. Prior to French Gerleman, Gibbs was a sales engineer and sales manager at Rockwell Automation.

“I have been blessed beyond my greatest expectations to have spent the last 41 years working for two great companies like Rockwell Automation and French Gerleman,” said Gibbs. “I will miss the great people at French Gerleman and our vendors and customers. I retire knowing I’m leaving the company in the hands of a strong management team.”

Gibbs has been active in business associations including: Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois, National Association of Electrical Distributors, Affiliated Distributors, and a past board member of the Association for High Technology Distribution and Rockwell Automation advisory councils. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s “The Market Street Group.” Gibbs’ community involvement includes: Catholic Charities, St. Patrick Center and Archdiocese of St. Louis. He is a member of the board of directors for the Quality Deer Management Association, Big Game Hunters Foundation and Big Game Hunters, Inc., and is a member of many hunting and conservation organizations.

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