Robroy Industries announces change of leadership

Peter McIlroy

Peter McIlroy

The Board of Directors of Robroy Industries announced that, after a 50-year career at the Verona, Pa., organization that owns electrical products manufacturers, Peter McIlroy has decided to hand over the leadership reins of the fourth-generation family business to his two sons. Peter will retain his position as chairman of the board. Effective immediately Rob McIlroy will be promoted to the position of chief executive officer. Robroy’s president/chief operating officer, David Marshall, and Robroy’s chief financial officer, Mike Deane, will report to Rob. Also effective immediately, Jeff McIlroy will be promoted to vice chairman.

Rob McIlroy

Rob McIlroy

Peter joined Robroy in 1965, became president in 1980 and served as chief executive officer for the past 21 years. During his tenure, he guided the company through many “watershed moments.” After leading numerous acquisitions, he decided to decentralize the corporation in 1995. In the process he formed highly autonomous and accountable divisions. This ultimately led to successful operating and financial performance.

In 2001, Peter successfully took the company private after 50 years of being traded publicly. He also instituted the “Robroy Vision,” a template of integrity, customer focus, quality, technology and employee growth to help guide Robroy associates as they make decisions and envision their future. Peter is stepping down from his role of chief executive officer at the end of ten consecutive years that have been as the company stated, “the most successful years in the long 109 year history of Robroy.”

Jeff McIlroy

Jeff McIlroy

The promotions of Rob McIlroy and Jeff McIlroy mark the transition to the fourth generation of family leadership at Robroy Industries. The Board of Directors of Robroy Industries regards this succession as “a testament to the exceptional and ongoing business practices guided by the ownership, senior management, and all professionals who currently lead and contribute to the success of our organization.”

-Bill O’Leary

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