Retirement creates change of leadership at SimplexGrinnell

9/14/2010, Westminster, Mass. -- Robert "Bob" Chauvin will take over as president of SimplexGrinnell on the first of October. The former president, Jim Spicer, had led the Tyco-owned company for three years and had served at SimplexGrinnell for 20 years.

Chauvin brings 30 years of experience at Simplex and SimplexGrinnell to the presidency of the firm, including six years most recently as the vice president of northern operations. Additional experience includes times as chief financial officer and in the business planning and marketing operations of the firm.

Outgoing president Spicer said he feels that Chauvin is "highly qualified" to lead the firm. "Bob has impeccable credentials and brings an exemplary record of leadership and accomplishment to this critical position as president of one of Tyco’s key businesses."

Chauvin will lead a firm that provides integration and installation services primarily in the fire and life safety business. The company installs and services fire alarm and fire sprinkler/suppression systems, but also handles emergency communications, electronic security and nurse call systems. The firm produces its own namesake fire safety equipment under the the "Simplex" brand. SimplexGrinnell operates 150 local offices and serves an estimated one million customers.