John T. Ryan III is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Mine Safety Appliances Company. MSA is the world's leading manufacturer of sophisticated safety equipment and systems for worker and plant protection. Its major product areas are respiratory protection--ranging from filter respirators to self-contained breathing apparatus, instrumentation to detect combustible and toxic gases and the presence of oxygen--ranging from hand-held devices to computer-based monitoring systems, hard hats, fall protection, Thermal Imaging Cameras for firefighters to see through heavy smoke and in darkness and other personal protection. MSA has more than 40 international locations including Berlin, Chatillon Sur Chalaronne (France), Queretaro (Mexico), Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Suzhou (China) and Sydney.
Mr. Ryan joined the company in 1969 and from 1974 to 1986 served in MSA's International Division covering operations in South America, Asia and the Middle East. He has been a Director of MSA since 1981 and was Executive Vice President from 1986 to 1990, overseeing the U.S. operations. In April, 1990, he was elected President; and on October, 1991 he became Chairman and CEO and served in this capacity until his retirement in May, 2008.
Mr. Ryan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a Director of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (France), Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Safety Equipment Association, and of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
Mr. Ryan is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.A. degree in 1965. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence and graduated from Harvard University with an M.B.A. degree in 1969.
Mr. Ryan and his wife Catharine reside in Pittsburgh and have three children--Mary Catharine Ryan-Moretti, Maureen Ryan, and John T. Ryan IV and four grandchildren.