Chris Gannon Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Highview-Backed National Fire & Safety
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Fire & Safety, a leading end-to-end fire protection and life safety solutions platform and a portfolio company of Highview Capital (“Highview”), today announced that Chris Gannon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Gannon replaces Greg Londo, who has stepped down to pursue other interests and remains an investor in the business. As CEO, Gannon will oversee National Fire & Safety’s strategy and operations, with a focus on driving the continued expansion of the company’s national footprint through both organic growth initiatives and additional strategic acquisitions.
“I am honored to be joining this great company as Chief Executive Officer and exhilarated by the significant growth opportunity ahead of us”
Gannon’s career has focused on building and growing world-class, customer-centric companies in industries that are driven by extensive regulatory requirements. His diverse background includes leadership roles at service, engineering and technology companies serving customers within the industrial, commercial, medical, municipal and residential spaces. Most recently, Gannon served as President and CEO of Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII), an industrial technology company specializing in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of advanced fluid-flow solutions for the water, energy and refrigeration markets. As CEO of Energy Recovery, Gannon spearheaded business transformation initiatives and strategic investments across the organization that contributed to a quadrupling of the company’s market capitalization and a tripling of its annual revenue during his tenure. Gannon also served as CFO of Energy Recovery for three years prior to his appointment as CEO. Earlier in his career, Gannon served as a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie, Inc., Principal at Talon Group, LLC and Operating Partner at Caledonia Group, Inc. Gannon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
“Chris is a top-tier executive with the right combination of operational experience, financial acumen and strategic vision to lead National Fire & Safety as its next CEO,” said P.J. Gilbert, Managing Director at Highview and Chairman of National Fire & Safety. “Chris’s significant experience leading businesses in a variety of industries through periods of rapid growth and transformation will be invaluable to the company during this very exciting time as we embark on our next chapter of growth. We thank Greg for his many contributions growing National Fire & Safety to a national leader in the fire safety industry and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
“I am honored to be joining this great company as Chief Executive Officer and exhilarated by the significant growth opportunity ahead of us,” said Gannon. “National Fire & Safety’s exceptional reputation and execution in the fire safety industry is a reflection of its strong culture, ambitious vision and commitment to providing customers with expert and reliable service. I look forward to working closely with the rest of National Fire & Safety’s leadership to build on this impressive foundation.”
About National Fire & Safety
National Fire & Safety is a leading end-to-end fire protection and life safety solutions platform, backed by Highview Capital. National Fire & Safety’s mission is to deliver safe and reliable fire protection tools by leveraging the local knowledge and expertise of the nation’s most trusted brands. Through its independent subsidiaries, National Fire & Safety is the trusted choice for fire protection and life safety solutions in seven states across the Western U.S. Its subsidiaries collectively service a variety of end markets, including retail, healthcare, education, government, industrial, distribution and residential. For more information on National Fire & Safety, please visit www.natfiresafety.com.
About Highview Capital, LLC
Highview Capital, LLC is an opportunistic private equity investment vehicle headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with approximately $500 million in assets under management providing transformational equity. Highview leverages its creative vision and expertise to partner with management teams of leading middle-market businesses undergoing periods of transformation, including growth, expansion or performance improvement. For more information, visit www.highviewcp.com.
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