Penn State Harrisburg

William M. Lambert, '80 MD ET

· Member; Board of Advisers


President and CEO
Mine Safety Appliances Company

MSA was established in 1914 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MSA).  With sales of $1.2 billion and operations in 42 locations around the world, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of products that protect people’s health and safety. MSA safety products typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life threatening situations. MSA’s comprehensive line of safety products are used by workers around the world in the energy sector, fire service, mining, construction and utility industries, as well as the military. MSA’s broad product offering includes self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBAs, gas masks, fixed gas and flame detection instruments, hand held gas detection instruments and sensors, head protection products, respirators, thermal imaging cameras and fall protection products. MSA products are available in more than 140 countries and are supported globally by 5,300 employees.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of MSA, Mr. Lambert, 55, oversees MSA’s global portfolio of businesses managed through the company’s three primary business segments:  MSA North America, MSA International and MSA Europe.  In this capacity, Mr. Lambert is responsible for MSA business initiatives, strategy development and operations throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America and 36 International affiliates operating on three continents.  He also serves as a Director of the company.

Since joining MSA as a Design Engineer in 1981, Mr. Lambert has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Project Engineer, Product Line Manager, Nuclear Industry Specialist, Director of Marketing, vice president/General Manager of the company’s Safety Products Division, President of MSA North America, and Chief Operating Officer.  In May 2008, Mr. Lambert was named President and Chief Executive Officer.  Before joining MSA, Mr. Lambert was a design engineer for Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

Mr. Lambert is a past chairman of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) of Arlington, Va.  He also is a Trustee of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), Chairman of the Senator John Heinz History Center of Western PA, president of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, a director of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and serves on the business board of advisors to Carnegie-Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and Penn State Harrisburg.

Mr. Lambert received a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University in 1980 and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania (inactive status).

A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Mr. Lambert is married with two adult children and resides in Cranberry Township, Pa.  He is an avid golfer, snow skier, snowboarder, and recreational bicycler, and serves as an elder in his church.