MSA Safety Inc. President and CEO Nish Vartanian announced that, in a planned management succession, Stephanie Sciullo will be promoted to VP and chief legal officer of the safety equipment company. In doing so, Sciullo will succeed Douglas McClaine who, after 35 years of service to the company, has decided to retire next year. Sciullo’s promotion will be effective January 1.
Sciullo (in the photo above) has been in the deputy general counsel slot, managing the company’s litigation. MSA said in a statement that Sciullo has delivered multi-million-dollar cost savings through innovative outside counsel management and has saved the organization more than $10 million by applying lean manufacturing principles to litigation management. For her efforts in this area, she was recognized in 2014 as a Value Challenge Champion by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
“In connection with Doug McClaine’s retirement, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Sciullo,” said Mr. Vartanian. “Since joining the company in 2010, Stephanie quickly established herself as a key contributor to our in-house legal team, and MSA overall. Her commitment to MSA, our mission, and the legal community in western Pennsylvania are worth emulating and I know Stephanie will serve MSA very well in the years ahead.”
Commenting on the retirement of Mr. McClaine, Mr. Vartanian expressed gratitude for the many contributions Mr. McClaine has made to MSA’s success over his nearly four-decade tenure with the company. “We greatly appreciate Doug’s dedication to the mission of MSA,” he said. “Under Doug’s leadership, our company was able to ensure the successful collection of monies owed by various insurance carriers on insurance receivable assets.”
“It is with sincere appreciation that I acknowledge and salute these and many other accomplishments and improvements Doug has made to MSA, and all of us wish him and his family the best as he enters the next and well-deserved phase of life,” Mr. Vartanian said. Before joining MSA, Sciullo practiced with Reed Smith, specializing in litigation. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.