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Top 20 Stories of 2014: #17 Graybar Announces Executive Appointments

Every weekday in December, tED magazine is counting down the Top 20 Stories of 2014. Below, the #17 story of 2014, originally posted on March 18, 2014.

ST. LOUIS— Graybar has announced several changes to its leadership team and Board of Directors.

Richard A. Cole, who currently serves as Chicago District Vice President and as a member of Graybar’s Board of Directors, will retire on October 1, 2014, after 42 years with the company. He will also step down from his role as a director at that time.

William P. Mansfield has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors and appointed Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, effective April 1, 2014. Mansfield has worked for Graybar for more than 26 years and currently serves as Vice President, Marketing.

Steven M. Stone has been appointed District Vice President in Chicago, effective October 1, 2014. Stone currently serves as Vice President, Sales at Graybar’s corporate headquarters and has been with the company for more than 15 years.

Thomas G. Pratt has been named District Vice President in Minneapolis, effective July 1, 2014. Pratt will replace G. William Keller, who will be retiring after 40 years with the company. Pratt is a 24-year Graybar veteran who currently serves as Director, Electrical Sales in the company’s Chicago district.

“We are grateful to Dick Cole for his leadership and contributions to the company, both as a District Vice President and as a member of Graybar’s Board of Directors. It has truly been a privilege to work with him,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, Graybar’s Chairman, President and CEO. “We also thank Bill Keller for his dedication and many years of service to Graybar. Both Dick and Bill have earned the admiration and respect of our company and our industry, and we wish them all the best as they retire later this year.”

“We also congratulate Bill Mansfield on his promotion and his election to Graybar’s Board of Directors, and we are pleased to appoint Tom Pratt and Steve Stone to their new roles,” Mazzarella continued. “We are confident they will make a positive contribution to Graybar’s success in their new assignments.”

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