Chris CasazzaMidwest Wholesale Hardware, Kansas City, Mo., announced its board of directors has named Chris Casazza as the company’s chief executive officer, effective April 21.

“Chris’ skill set and broad industry experience is in direct alignment with MWH’s goal of becoming the preeminent wholesale distributor,” said Joseph Thornton, executive chair of the board. “He is an extraordinary leader with vision, focus and a wealth of knowledge at growing security and access control businesses, penetrating new markets, capturing competitive share and developing great teams.”

Casazza most recently served as president, Security Products, at Stanley Security Solutions, where he led a go-to-market shift to a distribution model. Prior to Stanley Security Solutions, Casazza worked at Ingersoll Rand where he rose quickly to leadership positions in several business units, including president of Safety Systems and President of Security Technologies – Residential Americas.

He brings more than a decade of experience in the door hardware industry comprising of commercial, residential, and international lines with a strong background in business development, and sales and product management.

Casazza’s ability to grow revenue at double market growth rates in mature businesses by leveraging investments in front-end capabilities, vertical marketing and new products will prove to be a key asset to Midwest Wholesale Hardware, stated the company in a news release.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Midwest Wholesale Hardware as we focus on our next chapter of success by capitalizing on operational performance, while building and growing deeper customer relationships, “ Casazza said. “I know the solid reputation MWH has for customer service and technical expertise and am excited to build upon that foundation. I look forward to working with the highly experienced MWH team to grow and win.”