Posted July 12, 2016

Former MSC executive Sandler dies

MSC Industrial Supply announced that executive vice chairman and former chief executive officer David Sandler passed away July 11 at the age of 59 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of David," said MSC president and chief executive officer Erik Gershwind. "His accomplishments at MSC were many. He successfully led MSC through a significant period of growth, as well as through difficult economic conditions while remaining committed to our core values. His greatest contribution, however, was the many people and lives he touched, with the careers he helped shape and the coaching and mentoring he provided. His legacy will have a lasting impact on our culture. Our heartfelt condolences go out to David's family and loved ones."

Sandler joined MSC in 1989 following MSC's acquisition of Dancorp, a Massachusetts-based industrial supply company. Sandler held a series of progressively responsible leadership roles in sales, human resources, information technology and product management with MSC prior to being promoted to executive vice president in 1999. He was named president in 2003 and CEO in 2005. He was appointed executive vice chairman of MSC's board of directors in 2013.