PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kansas - WireCo WorldGroup (“WireCo”) announced today that Keith White has been appointed Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020, and will be serving on the Board of Directors. Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jay Townsend, will step down from his executive duties, but will remain actively involved with WireCo as Lead Independent Member of the Exec. Committee of the Board of Directors.
Mr. White, a resident of Kansas, most recently served as Senior Vice President of Industrial at Kiewit Corporation, a leading construction and engineering company to the transportation, power, oil & gas and chemical end-markets. Prior to Kiewit, Mr. White was President of the Industrial Air Platform, Parker Filtration Group at Parker Hannifin Corporation, having come to Parker Hannifin from its acquisition of Clarcor Corporation in 2017. While at Clarcor, Mr. White served as President of Clarcor’s Industrial Group, was a member of Clarcor’s Executive Leadership team, and an Officer of the company since 2014.
Earlier in his career, Mr. White worked at General Electric Company’s Energy Division for twelve years, where he had successive leadership roles, most recently leading GE’s Air Filtration division which was acquired by Clarcor in 2013.
Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy for approximately seven years.
Keith White commented, “I’m very excited to be joining WireCo as its CEO. This is an extraordinary opportunity to become part of a world class industrial company. I was attracted to WireCo’s well-respected, market-leading, brands globally synonymous with delivering premium quality to its customers over many decades.”
Regarding Mr. White’s appointment, Manish Srivastava, Managing Director at Onex and Chairman of the WireCo Board said, “On behalf of the Board, we are thrilled that Keith will be joining WireCo as its Chief Executive Officer. Keith has a demonstrated and consistent track record of value creation through commercial and operational excellence across several leading industrial organizations, which makes him well-qualified to drive WireCo’s growth over the coming years. After running an extensive CEO search over the past six months, we are pleased to have found someone who has strong ties to the Kansas City community and has a strong global mindset, having experience across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Additionally, we are thankful for Jay’s leadership and the organizational improvements he implemented while acting as Interim Chief Executive Officer. We and Keith look forward to continuing to work with Jay in his new role.”
About WireCo WorldGroup
WireCo® WorldGroup markets value-added products under several brands that are recognized throughout the world and used in a wide range of market applications. WireCo® WorldGroup is headquartered in Prairie Village, Kansas with manufacturing plants, distribution facilities and research and development centers worldwide.