Lawson Announces CEO Succession Plan

The distributor says Cesar Lanuza has been appointed president and CEO of Lawson’s operating company, as Michael G. DeCata retires.
Lawson Products 1Q 2022 sales

Specialty distribution holding company Lawson Products Inc. said current operating company President and CEO Michael G. DeCata will retire and be replaced by Cesar Lanuza as part of an ongoing succession plan.

DeCata is expected to transition his role through May 1, when he will also retire from his remaining positions, including as a member of Lawson’s board of directors. He then will then assume a role “providing advisory services to Lawson’s board as part of a four-year agreement,” Lawson said.

“As part of our continued succession planning and search process, we are very excited to welcome Cesar Lanuza as the new President and CEO of the Lawson Products operating company,” said J. Bryan King, Lawson chairman. “Cesar’s high energy, industry expertise, and successful track record, coupled with his customer-centric leadership style, are well-suited to take Lawson to the next level of growth and profitability. He is an excellent fit with our vision and direction following the completion of our strategic combination announced late last week.”

Lanuza has three decades of global experience and is a “multi-cultural and bi-lingual leader,” who most recently worked as CEO and director at Jon-Don, LLC. He also previously served as president for North America and Asia Pacific at Optimas OE Solutions, LLC and as VP/general manager at W.W. Grainger, Inc. where he served in “various senior-level positions for more than 10 years, located in North America and South America,” Lawson said.

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