Arthur Byrne

Operating Partner

Mr. Byrne joined J.W. Childs Associates in August 2002. Previously, he was Chairman, President and CEO of The Wiremold Company from 1991 until 2002. Mr. Byrne successfully sold Wiremold, a leading manufacturer of products used in the electrical industry, to Legrand S.A. in July 2000. Prior to joining Wiremold, Mr. Byrne was a Group Executive with the Danaher Corporation, where he was responsible for one-half its business from 1985-1991. At both Danaher and Wiremold, he was responsible for introducing and implementing Lean Management practices that resulted in strong gains for both companies. Prior to joining Danaher, Mr. Byrne held various positions with the General Electric Company including General Manager of its Nickel Cadmium Battery Operations and its High Intensity and Quartz Lamp Department. As non-executive Chairman of the Board of WS Packaging and Esselte, Mr. Byrne is leading the implementation of Lean Management at J.W. Childs Associates portfolio companies. His previous portfolio company involvement includes American Safety Razor. Mr. Byrne holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Babson College.