Evanston, IL – A leading distributor of uniforms and equipment to public safety agencies, Galls has announced that Mike Fadden has been appointed as its new CEO, effective June 2nd, 2020. Fadden has succeeded Mike Wessner, who has decided to leave after eight years as Galls’ CEO.
Fadden’s appointment is part of a long-term term succession plan on behalf of Galls and his appointment comes as no surprise as Fadden has developed years of experience in customer service and distribution. Chiefly, he has served as President of Aramark in its Uniform Division after 25 years of dedicated service. At Aramark, he was responsible for rental and direct sale uniform operations with nearly 17,000 employees and revenues in excess of $2.5 billion.
Galls, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, was a division of Aramark from 1995 until 2011. The company provides customized, mission-critical uniforms, safety equipment, and related gear for law enforcement, fire, EMS, private security, corrections, federal, military, and postal professionals. Offering an extensive selection of products and brands, Galls is known for its responsive service, fast delivery, and seamless ordering. To serve its approximately 1 million customers each year, the company utilizes a network of local branches, sales representatives, eCommerce sites, and its proprietary “eQuip” online portal.
“We are grateful to Mike Wessner for his valuable contributions and tremendous dedication over the last eight years,” Managing Director of Charlesbank, Sam Barlett said. “The impressive business he helped build made us excited to invest in 2018, and we continue to believe deeply in Galls’ unique capabilities in serving the public safety market.”
Andrew Janower, a fellow Charlesbank Managing Director, added, “We are delighted that Mike Fadden, a veteran in the uniform industry, will be taking the reins as Galls’ new CEO. He brings strong leadership skills and an impressive track record in delivering operational success that makes him an excellent fit to steer the company into its next phase of growth.”
Mr. Fadden’s career at Aramark began in 1995 as General Manager. Over the years, he took on roles with increasing responsibilities, including Group Leader, Group Vice President, Regional Vice President, and Executive Vice President. He was promoted to President of the Uniform division in 2014.
“I am honored by the opportunity to succeed Mike Wessner at the helm of this impressive organization,” said Mr. Fadden. “Galls is a market leader with strong brand recognition and a loyal customer base thanks to its broad offerings and commitment to quality and customer service. I’m thrilled to join the talented management team and look forward to leveraging my experience to help Galls continue to excel and strengthen its industry presence.”
Mr. Wessner stated, “I appreciate the dedication and support of senior leadership during my tenure at Galls, and I am impressed at how well all our employees have adapted to the many challenges of this global pandemic. I am truly proud of what we have accomplished together, serving America’s public safety professionals, and as an investor, I look forward to seeing what the future brings in Galls’ next chapter.”