Posted February 27, 2020

Irby president to retire

Sonepar USA announced that Mike Leech, president of Irby, will retire on June 26.

Mike LeechDuring his 38-plus year career at Irby, Leech held a wide range of positions including warehouse, branch operations, vice president of sales and, for the past four years, president.

"Mike's top priority has always been the well-being of Irby associates. He has built countless friendships and professional relationships over his tenure at Irby and is well-respected by all that know him. Mike’s commitment extends well beyond Irby. He is a committed husband, veteran and has many friendships that extend for many years," according to a company statement announcing Leech's retirement.

Upon Leech's retirement, Joe LeNoir, president of Irby Utility, Tyler Mitchell, president of Irby C&I, and Brad Slocum, senior vice president of Shared Services, will continue to run the day-to-day Irby business and will report directly to Andy Waring, Sonepar USA Central region president.

“Since joining Sonepar USA, I have had the good fortune to work closely with Mike,” said Rob Taylor, president of Sonepar North America. “His dedication and leadership have set the stage for Irby’s continued long-term success and he will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to work with him.”

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Irby serves customers with products and services in four major market segments - industrial, contractor, commercial and utility.