Graco selects president, chair

The board of directors of Graco Inc. has named Patrick J. McHale as the company’s president and CEO, as well as making him a new member of the board.

McHale has been a vice president and officer of Graco since 1999 and was most recently vice president and general manager of Graco’s Lubrication Equipment Division. In his 17 years with Graco, McHale has held a number of positions, including vice president of manufacturing/ distribution operations, vice president of contractor equipment, and several operations positions.

The board of directors also elected Lee R. Mitau chairman of the board. Mitau is executive vice president and general counsel of U.S. Bancorp. He has been a member of Graco’s board of directors since 1990 and is chairman of the board’s governance committee. Mitau also served as Graco’s chairman from 2002 to 2006.

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