Michael G. DeCata
Michael G. DeCata is President and CEO of Lawson Products. He joined the Company in 2012 in his current capacity and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. In addition to a 20-year career in leading industrial and distribution companies including W.W. Grainger, General Electric and United Rentals, Mr. DeCata has extensive financial expertise honed in consulting roles at private equity firms.
Mr. DeCata has led the Company through it revitalization, from stabilizing its supply chain to growing sales through acquisitions, additional sales reps and sales rep productivity. Before joining Lawson, Mr. DeCata conducted acquisition analysis and due diligence for several private equity firms in New York, Connecticut and Boston, including Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners, from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he was President of Chefs' Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. DeCata served on the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply. He was the Vice President of Fleet Operations and also led the Contractor Supplies Division of United Rentals, a $4.0 billion construction equipment rental company between 2003 and 2006. In earlier roles, Mr. DeCata led the eastern region of W.W. Grainger representing over $1.4 billion in sales and consisting of 152 branch locations and a team of approximately 2,000 from 1997 until 2002, and worked in a variety of cross-functional as well as cross-business positions at General Electric from 1979 until 1997.
Mr. DeCata has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clarkson University.